This learn specializes in Louis MacNeice's inventive and significant engagement with different Irish poets in the course of his lifetime. It attracts on large archival learn to discover the formerly unrecognized volume of the poet's touch with Irish literary mores and networks. Poetic dialogues with contemporaries together with F.R. Higgins, John Hewitt, W.R. Rodgers, Austin Clarke, Patrick Kavanagh, John Montague, and Richard Murphy are traced opposed to the continual rhetoric of cultural and geographical attachment at huge in Irish poetry and feedback in the course of the interval. those comparative readings are framed through bills of MacNeice's complicated dating with the oeuvre of W.B. Yeats, which kinds a meta-narrative to MacNeice's broader engagement with Irish poetry. Yeats is proven to were MacNeice's modern within the Nineteen Thirties, examining and reacting to the more youthful poet's paintings, simply as MacNeice learn and reacted to the older poet's paintings. however the ongoing problem of the highbrow and formal complexity of Yeats's poetry additionally supplied a way by which MacNeice, throughout his complete occupation, dialectically built a number of modes by which to confront modernity's cultural, political and philosophical demanding situations. This ebook bargains new and revisionary views on MacNeice's paintings and its courting to Ireland's literary traditions, in addition to making an cutting edge contribution to the background of Irish literature and anglophone poetry within the 20th century.