Sunday, January 20, 2013

Tuesday Poem - Snow by Louis MacNeice

The room was suddenly rich and the great bay-window was
Spawning snow and pink roses against it
Soundlessly collateral and incompatible:
World is suddener than we fancy it.

World is crazier and more of it than we think,
Incorrigibly plural. I peel and portion
A tangerine and spit the pips and feel
The drunkenness of things being various.

And the fire flames with a bubbling sound for world
Is more spiteful and gay than one supposes -
On the tongue on the eyes on the ears in the palms of one's hands -
There is more than glass between the snow and the huge roses.
This has been one of my favourite poems for 50 years. 
And I don't quite know why it is. Now I can see that
it is in a conversation with other poetry. 
For instance Graves' Warning To Children. 
And as I was googling I came upon a kind of riposte poem, 
an anti numinous poem by Geoffrey Hill. 
But when I first found it in an anthology it came into my 
consciousness in a very free and clear way. And I hold onto that.

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