Books The Strings are False

Thumb_9a84614b065e24d2651ceb8580579009 Louis MacNeice
Faber & Faber
  • MacNeice, though closely associated with Auden and others, stood apart from them. He had a detachments from the then fashionable ideology and would, one feels, have been more at home with the aesthetes of the 1890s.

  • I’ve always thought that MacNeice had limitations of temperament. He sometimes seems to be writing a jazzy, crazy kind of poetry, but when you look closer you realize that it’s always perfectly controlled. Inside MacNeice there was always an academic scholar pulling in the rein. He was actually a very reticent man. In his autobiography, he reveals that his mother went mad when he was very young, and I think that the effect of this was to repress his emotional life and to make him avoid at all costs the confessional.

Our Thoughts

The Strings are False is careful, delicate and often ambiguous. It is full of reflections and recollections that compliment MacNeice’s exquisite poetry.

— Lily Power

“Parental Resentment”