Prayer before birth
Prayer before birth is a poem written by the Irish poet Louis McNeice (1907 - 1963) at the height of the Second World War. In the poem, Louis MacNeice expresses his fear at what the world's tyranny can do to the innocence of a child and blames the human race "for the sins that in me the world shall commit". The poem also contains many religious themes and overtones through the use of double-imagery; the child could be seen as a metaphor for Christ, making reference to certain themes and events said to have occurred during his ministry on earth.
There is great use of alliteration and assonance: "strong drugs dope me, with wise lies lure me" to create rhythm in the poem. Also repetition of "I am not yet born" is used to emphasise innocence. MacNeice also talks of being a "cog in a machine" - this shows that he feels that society will mould the child to become part of everything else around him, he will be worthless, insignificant and merely a part of an entire collaboration. This also links in with the First and Second World Wars, where soldiers were "dragooned" into being an "automaton".

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Prayer Before Birth by Louis Macneice - PoemHunter.Com
Jan 3, 2003 ... Prayer before birth - by Louis Macneice. I am not yet born; O hear me. Let not the bloodsucking bat or the rat or the stoat or the club-footed ...
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Analysis: Prayer Before Birth (Louis…
02.12.2011 · The World of the Word. ... Louis MacNeice expresses a strong disgust towards the corrupted and evil world through Prayer before birth in which he takes the ...
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Prayer Before Birth - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Prayer before birth is a poem written by the Irish poet Louis McNeice (1907 - 1963) at the height of the Second World War. In the poem, Louis MacNeice ...
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Louis MacNeice - Prayer before Birth - Art of Europe
Louis MacNeice - Prayer before birth. I am not yet born; O hear me. Let not the bloodsucking bat or the rat or the stoat or the club-footed ghoul come near me.
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Prayer Before Birth by Louis MacNeice - Poetry Archive
Prayer before birth by Louis MacNeice on the Poetry Archive.
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GCSE English: 'Prayer Before Birth' Analysis - Graducation
Feb 7, 2013 ... Prayer before birth I am not yet born; O hear me. Let not the bloodsucking bat or the rat or the stoat or the club-footed ghoul come near me.
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Louis MacNeice: Prayer Before Birth - BBC
Context. Louis MacNeice (1907 – 1963) was born in Belfast. He was educated in England and read classics at Oxford University where he met his wife, ...
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The Wondering Minstrels: Prayer before Birth -- Louis MacNeice
Apr 20, 2002 ... (Poem #1039) Prayer before birth I am not yet born; O hear me. Let not the bloodsucking bat or the rat or the stoat or the club-footed ghoul ...
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Louis Macneice "Prayer before birth" - Knowledge for Africa
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Poem by Louis MacNeice set to music and sung by Emmy van Deurzen in 2010
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Louis Macneice's Prayer before birth - an interactive worksheet. ... He then went to Oxford University where he studied in Classics and Philosophy. While there ...
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Prayer before birth Q Techniques The poem uses an amazing variety of techniques. by Louis MacNeice This poem ... and fears before it is born. The structure of the text allows the writer to create something that sounds like a charm or prayer.
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PRAYER. BEFORE. BIRTH. I cannot pray for myself. Only just can I bear to ask for words which are not for me but for the grinders and yellow tusks of this creature to crack, crush, and make paste; I don't know what he is, but the tracks where he ...
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Here I reproduce a marvellous poem by Louis MacNeice, a great under-estimated and under-read poet having lingered under the shadow of Eliot and more under W. H Auden, getting ritually clubbed with Stephen Spender and C.
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Analysis: Prayer Before Birth (Louis McNeice) | litxpert
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threesixfive books: Seven: 'Prayer Before Birth' by Louis MacNeice
MacNeice writes from the point of view of an unborn child, asking to already be forgiven for the sins he is sure to commit because of the nature of humanity. The child knows that he will inevitably conform to their way of life, and the evils that he too will commit in his life as he will be made into a "cog in a machine, a thing with one face, a thing".
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The Wondering Minstrels: Prayer before Birth -- Louis MacNeice
(Poem #1039) Prayer before birth I am not yet born; O hear me. Let not the bloodsucking bat or the rat or the stoat or the club-footed ghoul come near me.
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The Last Poem I Loved: “Prayer Before Birth” By Louis MacNeice - The Rumpus.net
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Poem four: Prayer before birth – by Louis MacNeice | Hopelessly Flawed
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