Macneice Autumn Journal Essay

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Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg Lehrstuhl für Englische Kulturwissenschaft English Political Poetry of 1930s (WS 2012/13) Dr. Tom Nolan The Depiction of Political Events in MacNeice's “Autumn Journal” Silvia Lutz 1603705 Lehramt für Gymnasien: Englisch und Spanisch 5. Fachsemester silvia_lutz@gmx.net Aufbaumudul Kulturwissenschaft 3184 words 15.03.2013 Table of Contents 1. Introduction: The Arden Group – A Union of Individuals 2. Main Part: The Depiction of Political Events in MacNeice's “Autumn Journal” Poetry in the 1930s MacNeices Biography Presentation of Political Events in the “Autumn Journal” 2.3.1. Formal Consciousnesses of “Autumn Journal” 2.3.2. The Preparations for World War II 2.3.3. The Munich Agreement 2.3.4. The Civil War in Spain 2.3.5. The By-Election in Oxford, 1938 2.4. The Term of “Laissez-faire” 2.5. MacNeices General Attitude towards Politics in “Autumn Journal” 3. Conclusion Works Cited Web Sources Declaration | 3 4 4 6 6 8 9 10 11 12 12 14 14 16 | 1. Introduction: The Arden group – a Union of Individuals Four poets of more or less the same age, from more or less the same social background, confronted by the same historical events, will exhibit certain responses in common, but it should have been obvious that what we happened to have in common was the least interesting thing about us. (Whitehead, p. 1) The so-called 'Auden Group' or 'Thirties poets' are mostly considered as one unit, although Stephen Spender, Cecil Day Lewis, W.H. Auden and Louis MacNeice have to be regarded as individual poets. Especially W.H. Auden, known as the leader of this poet group, did not like the term 'Daylewisaudenmacneicespender' (Whitehead 1) or 'MacSpaunday' (Whitehead 1) so he gave his own

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