‘World is suddener’ – A Weather Poem

‘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.’

Louis MacNeice, ‘Snow’.

I’m back in Northern Ireland for the Christmas vacation. Plenty of others attempting the same journey over the next few days (including several friends) will have rather a lot of difficulty since Northern Ireland is having what police are calling the worst conditions in 25 years.

Weather permitting, I intend to visit the McClay library at Queen’s University, Belfast on Tuesday. There are several useful materials there I’d like to see, including theses. It feels very strange working in libraries which aren’t ‘your own’. If the snow is still thick I might walk to MacNeice house to see the snowy gardens.

MacNeice House

MacNeice House, former CoI Bishop's palace where MacNeice looked out the great bay windows at the roses.

2 thoughts on “‘World is suddener’ – A Weather Poem

  1. I love that MacNeice poem:)

    The McClay library is nice, but I miss the old library. Don’t know if you ever went into it, but it was the tower block and each floor had all these nice cubby-holes that you could just hide away from the world in!

    Happy Christmas!

  2. I was once in the old library at a summer school. My memory is hazy but it was dark and there was building work. My mum went to QUB though, so she remembers it well.

    Have a good new year!

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