Professor Peter McDonald

Christopher Tower Student and Tutor in Poetry in the English Language (since 1999)


M.A., D.Phil. (Oxon.)

Academic Background

u/g and p/g University College, Oxford.  JRF Christ Church, Oxford 1986-8.  Fellow and Lecturer in English, Pembroke College, Cambridge 1988-92.  Lecturer (subsequently Reader) in English, University of Bristol 1992-1999.

Undergraduate Teaching

Poetry in English, Renaissance - the present

Research Interests

19th and 20th century poetry; Yeats and his legacy; contemporary poetry.

Publications include


Louis MacNeice: The Poet in his Contexts (1991); Mistaken Identities: Poetry and Northern Ireland (1998); Serious Poetry: Form and Authority from Yeats to Hill (2002)


(as editor):

Selected Plays of Louis MacNeice (1993); Paul Muldoon: Critical Essays (2003)  Louis MacNeice: Collected Poems (1997)



Biting the Wax (1989); Adam's Dream (1996); Pastorals (2004); The House of Clay (2007)