The Cambridge Companion to Contemporary Irish Poetry [NOOK Book]

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In the last fifty years Irish poets have produced some of the most exciting poetry in contemporary literature, writing about love and sexuality, violence and history, country and city. This 2003 book provides a unique introduction to major figures such as Seamus Heaney, and also introduces the reader to significant precursors like Louis MacNeice or Patrick Kavanagh, and vital contemporaries and successors: among others, Thomas Kinsella, Nuala N? Dhomhnaill and Paul Muldoon. Readers will find discussions of Irish ...
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The Cambridge Companion to Contemporary Irish Poetry

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Overview

In the last fifty years Irish poets have produced some of the most exciting poetry in contemporary literature, writing about love and sexuality, violence and history, country and city. This 2003 book provides a unique introduction to major figures such as Seamus Heaney, and also introduces the reader to significant precursors like Louis MacNeice or Patrick Kavanagh, and vital contemporaries and successors: among others, Thomas Kinsella, Nuala NĂ­ Dhomhnaill and Paul Muldoon. Readers will find discussions of Irish poetry from the traditional to the modernist, written in Irish as well as English, from both North and South. This Companion provides cultural and historical background to contemporary Irish poetry in the contexts of modern Ireland but also in the broad currents of modern world literature. It includes a chronology and guide to further reading and will prove invaluable to students and teachers alike.
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'... for those of us teaching Irish poetry who have wished for a collection of essays that introduces students to the major themes of the twentieth century as we understand them today, this Companion will not disappoint.' Irish Studies
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781139816748
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/17/2012
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Matthew Campbell is Senior Lecturer at the University of Sheffield. He is the author of Rhythm and Will in Victorian Poetry (Cambridge, 1999) and of numerous articles on Victorian poetry, Irish poetry and contemporary poetry.

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Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Preface
Chronology
1 Ireland in poetry: 1999, 1949, 1969 1
2 From Irish mode to modernisation: the poetry of Austin Clarke 21
3 Patrick Kavanagh and antipastoral 42
4 Louis MacNeice: irony and responsibility 59
5 The Irish modernists and their legacy 76
6 Poetry of the 1960s: the 'Northern Ireland Renaissance' 94
7 Violence in Seamus Heaney's poetry 113
8 Mahon and Longley: place and placelessness 133
9 Between two languages: poetry in Irish, English and Irish English 149
10 Boland, McGuckian, Ni Chuilleanain and the body of the nation 169
11 Sonnets, centos and long lines: Muldoon, Paulin, McGuckian and Carson 189
12 Performance and dissent: Irish poets in the public sphere 209
13 Irish poets and the world 229
14 Irish poetry into the twenty-first century 250
Further reading 268
Index 285
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