Dual Tradition: An Essay on Poetry and Politics in Ireland

Overview

Irish literature exists in two languages. A dual approach is necessary if the tradition, with its historical, political and semantic tensions, is to be understood-indeed, if some of its features are to be appreciated at all.
Separate Gaelic and Anglo-Irish anthologies and commentaries have long been readily available, but commentaries dealing with the total Irish literary response are rare. In The Dual Tradition Thomas Kinsella presents a view of poetry in Ireland from early ...

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Overview

Irish literature exists in two languages. A dual approach is necessary if the tradition, with its historical, political and semantic tensions, is to be understood-indeed, if some of its features are to be appreciated at all.
Separate Gaelic and Anglo-Irish anthologies and commentaries have long been readily available, but commentaries dealing with the total Irish literary response are rare. In The Dual Tradition Thomas Kinsella presents a view of poetry in Ireland from early times to the present day, concentrating on the periods of most radical adjustment and change: the coming of Christianity; Norman and later settlement; the end of the bardic period; colonialism and dispossession; politics before Famine and in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He brings Yeats and Joyce into new focus and considers in special detail the poetry of Austin Clarke, Patrick Kavanagh and Samuel Beckett. The translations from the Irish are by the author.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781857541823
  • Publisher: Carcanet Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/1/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 129
  • Lexile: 1210L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I Strangers 7
II Colonials and Dispossessed
Seventeenth Century 21
Eighteenth Century 31
III The Nineteenth Century
Politics before the Famine 43
Nineteenth-Century Poetry 46
IV Yeats and Joyce
Landlords and Violence 64
The Milk Woman 82
The Irish Writer 87
V Modern Irish Poetry 92
Austin Clarke 93
Patrick Kavanagh 98
Samuel Beckett 104
Irish Publishing 107
VI Politics of the Dual Tradition 111
Stage Irish 122
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