Right from the beginning of the poem the mood is one of gruesomeness.
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Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. 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 Christmaking reference to certain themes and events said to have occurred during his ministry on earth.
There is great use of alliteration and assonance: 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.
Context. Louis MacNeice ( – ) was born in Belfast. He was educated in England and read classics at Oxford University where he met his wife, Giovanna. 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 clubfooted ghoul come near me.4/5(26). Reread Prayer Before Birth Reread Prayer Before Birth. Explore how the poet conveys the modern world as brutal and a corrupting force. In prayer before birth, Louis Macneice uses a baby to convey his thoughts and emotions on the current state of the world.
Interpretation[ edit ] The poem is an agonized plea from the mouth of an unborn infant in its mother's womb. The unborn baby pleads with God to hear him out before he is born into this ruthless world.
The child seeks protection from the Divine and begs forgiveness for all the deeds of evil that it shall commit once it is out of the mother's protective care. Dramatic in intensity, the poem makes a sweeping statement on the deplorable state of the world.
Living is a painful experience, being born is a terrifying one. The child's plea is a representation of the poet's anguish, grief and fear in a world that has steadily metamorphosed into a hell.
The poet paints a picture of a world devoid of compassion, love and remorse through the haunting appeal of the unborn infant. The poem reflects the poet's utter dejection and hopelessness expressing the thought that the world will not correct itself, but perpetuate its evils in an ever-ascending spiraling pattern of violence.
The foregone conclusion that the child will live a life of treason and its apology proffered in advance for its death after it has lived as a "lethal automaton", offers a picture of a world akin to nothing but hell.If and Prayer Before Birth Form and Structure: If Four 8-lined verses with a regular rhyme and meter This is where the father groups his advice into sets.
o The first four line all rhyme. There is no regular rhyme scheme but the word ‘me’ is repeated at the end of several lines throughout the poem to suggest a repetitive, rhythmic prayer.
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. I am not yet born; console me. I fear that the human race may with tall walls wall me, with strong drugs dope me, with wise lies lure me.
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 clubfooted ghoul come near me.4/5(26).
Mar 19, · Prayer Before Birth is a poem that is relevant still today and grows more powerful as the world becomes a more dangerous place. It is a dramatic monologue but has the pattern of an incantation and the spirit of a rutadeltambor.coms: 2. Mar 19, · Prayer Before Birth is a passionate poem with unusual structure, diction (language) and resonance.
On the page it looks both formal and experimental, as if the stanzas are diminishing, cut off, retreating from the safety of the left hand rutadeltambor.coms: 2.