I love Louis MacNeice. We're reading him in our project of reading the Norton Anthology of Poetry from the outside in (one old poem and one new poem each night, till we stop somewhere in the middle). If you haven't read "Bagpipe Music," you can read it here: http://www.artofeurope.com/macneice/mac6.htm.
Here's a quote from him that I like: "The writer today should be not so much the mouthpiece of a community...as its conscience, its critical faculty, its generous instinct." I particularly like the last part--so essential and so easily forgotten in our own work.