Patrick Kavanagh

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This volume offers a comprehensive account by a range of established scholars of the richness and variety of Patrick Kavanagh's work both in prose and verse, and situates his writings in the social and cultural contexts of the workaday Ireland which emerged from the heroics of nationalist insurrection and civil war. The distinguished scholars who contribute to this account bring a diverse range of approaches and perspectives to offer a fuller understanding of his work. Patrick Kavanagh has for long represented an...
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Overview

This volume offers a comprehensive account by a range of established scholars of the richness and variety of Patrick Kavanagh's work both in prose and verse, and situates his writings in the social and cultural contexts of the workaday Ireland which emerged from the heroics of nationalist insurrection and civil war. The distinguished scholars who contribute to this account bring a diverse range of approaches and perspectives to offer a fuller understanding of his work. Patrick Kavanagh has for long represented an alternative vision of Irish poetry to the high melodrama and attitudinising of W. B. Yeats. Low key and apparently equable in tone, though often revealing a sly acerbic wit, Kavanagh's verse has represented a domestic, though not domesticated, alternative to the high-falutin' rhetoric of the Yeatsian mode, pitching itself to the quotidian world of de Valera's 'Catholic Republic', famously extolling the virtues of the 'parochial' in contrast to the siren call of the cosmopolitan and metropolitan, like Joyce finding its inspiration in the streets and alleys of a middle and lower class Dublin and the stony acres, literal and metaphoric, of a sparse rural economy, and, like Flann O'Brien, preferring the bicycle as a mode of poetic transport to the high horse of the 'last Romantics'. It confirms Seamus Heaney's claim that Kavanagh 'gave single-handed permission for Irish poets to trust and cultivate their native ground and experience.'
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  • ISBN-13: 9780716528920
  • Publisher: Irish Academic Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Pages: 210
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: 'Important Places, Times' Stan Smith Smith, Stan 1

2 Life and Work: The Poetics of Sincerity Elmer Kennedy-Andrews Kennedy-Andrews, Elmer 21

3 Kavanagh's Poetics and Prose: Against Formulae Alex Davis Davis, Alex 39

4 The Moment of Kavanagh's Weekly Gerry Smyth Smyth, Gerry 55

5 Kavanagh and the Irish Pastoral Tradition Oona Frawley Frawley, Oona 72

6 The Greet Hunger and Mother Ireland Edward Larrissy Larrissy, Edward 93

7 An 'Unmeasured Womb': A Soul for Sole and the 1937 Irish Constitution Michael Murphy Murphy, Michael 107

8 The Later Poetry and its Critical Reception John Goodby Goodby, John 121

9 'In Blinking Blankness': The Last Poems John Goodby Goodby, John 145

10 'The Door and What Came Through It': Aspects of Influence Bruce Stewart Stewart, Bruce 163

Select Bibliography 189

The Patrick Kavanagh Centre 199

Index 201

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