James McAuley: "Nocturne"

Time Given
James McAuley
By John Tranter on April 2011
There was always a passionately grim side to McAuley's view of life as a struggle between the forces of light and those of darkness. He had early been attracted to both communism and anarchism and had abandoned his Christian faith, though later he adopted a staunchly anti-communist stance and turned to the Catholic religion.  His doomed struggle with cancer in his late fifties saw him return to the brilliant dream-imagery of his youthful writing, but with a darker and more anguished view of human destiny. He died at 59 in 1976.