Give a detailed analysis of the development of the aesthetic of 2 of the writers whoseautobiographies we've read, either concentrating on recurring milestones or similarities of education or indicating where their personal philosophies of art were similar or divergent.
Identity, Loss and Scepticism:The Makings of Louis MacNeice and Elizabeth Bowen
While Louis MacNeice and Elizabeth Bowen, as Irish writers of the earlytwentieth century drawn to experience the blitzes of Word War Two and itsirrevocable effects on humanity, lived through certain shared experiences, it would beincorrect to think of these experiences as either unique or uncommon to other writersof the time. Other Irish writers such as Frank O’Connor, Patrick Kavanagh, LiamO’Flaherty and Austin Clarke were also born around the cusp of the twentieth centurywhile Samuel Beckett and Francis Stuart both shared intimate experiences of WWII.However what does warrant attention and what this essay will explore is howBowen’s and MacNeice’s aesthetic reactions to the instability and impermanence of their time were shaped by and rooted in the more uniquely personal issues of their respective childhoods; mainly those of identity, loss and insecurity.For the young Bowen and MacNeice, parental loss was the first harrowingmilestone they would each contend with from which their issues of identity, faith and belonging would develop both directly and indirectly. For instance, Henry Bowen’s“agonising mental illness” initiated for the young Elizabeth a life of journeying between England and Ireland, further complicating her hybrid Anglo-Irish background and any stability she may have had in that identity (Bowen 1975, 11).Meanwhile the suddenness of Lilly MacNeice’s death had a profoundly shaking effecton the young Louis’s sense of security and belief in permanence, later causing him to become introspective and sceptic of all organised forms of thought such as religionand political ideology. Like Bowen, MacNeice also developed ambivalent feelingstowards his native country as he too traveled to England to attend boarding school.There, the young MacNeice felt an affinity and kinship with his fellow classmateswhich he had not and could not feel for the people of his Antrim home due to his highsocial standing and isolated childhood. In a similar fashion Bowen, following the lossof her own mother, the unsettling experience of being an ‘orphan’, and the effects of WWII, came to develop what had been MacNeice’s initial reaction to parental loss: a2