The Great War in Irish Poetry: W. B. Yeats to Michael Longley

The Great War in Irish Poetry: W. B. Yeats to Michael Longley

by Fran Brearton
     
 

ISBN-10: 019818672X

ISBN-13: 9780198186724

Pub. Date: 08/28/2000

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

"The Great War in Irish Poetry explores the impact of the First World War on the work of W. B. Yeats, Robert Graves, and Louis MacNeice in the period 1914-45, and on three contemporary Northern Irish poets, Derek Mahon, Seamus Heaney, and Michael Longley. Its concern is to place their work, and memory of the Great War, in the context of Irish culture and politics in

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"The Great War in Irish Poetry explores the impact of the First World War on the work of W. B. Yeats, Robert Graves, and Louis MacNeice in the period 1914-45, and on three contemporary Northern Irish poets, Derek Mahon, Seamus Heaney, and Michael Longley. Its concern is to place their work, and memory of the Great War, in the context of Irish culture and politics in the twentieth century. The historical background to Irish involvement in the Great War is explained, as are the ways in which some of the events of 1912-1920—the Home Rule crisis, the loss of the Titanic, the Battle of the Somme, the Easter Rising—still reverberate in the politics of remembrance in Northern Ireland. While the Great War is perceived as central to English culture, and its literature holds a privileged position in the English literary canon, the centrality of the Great War to Irish writing has seldom been acknowledged. This book is concerned with the extent to which recognition of the importance of the Great War in Irish writing has become a casualty of competing versions of the literary canon. It shows that, despite complications in Irish domestic politics which led to the repression of ""official memory"" of the Great War in Ireland, Irish poets, particularly those writing in the ""troubled"" Northern Ireland of the last thirty years, have been drawn throughout the century to the events and images of 1914-18."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198186724
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Part I: The art of the war
Ireland in the Great War: literature, history, culture
W. B. Yeats: creation from conflict
Robert Graves: resisting the canon
Louis MacNeice: between two wars
Part II: The northern renascence
Northern Ireland and the politics of remembrance
A dying art: Derek Mahon's solving ambiguity
The end of art: Seamus Heaney's apology for poetry
Michael Longley: poet in no man's land
Bibliography
Index

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