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To Ireland, I
     

To Ireland, I

by Paul Muldoon
 

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A provocative re-reading of the major Irish authors from A to Z, with a particular emphasis on the continuity of the tradition. An extremely enjoyable and idiosyncratic jaunt through Irish literature, from one of the most important poets of his generation.

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A provocative re-reading of the major Irish authors from A to Z, with a particular emphasis on the continuity of the tradition. An extremely enjoyable and idiosyncratic jaunt through Irish literature, from one of the most important poets of his generation.

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"A more far-fetched, eye-opening, and stimulating survey of Irish literature would be difficult to imagine. Informal and esoteric, scholarly and playful, the book is both an idiosyncratic encyclopedia and a secret history of unsuspected imaginative tendencies and possibilities....An instructive and thoroughly enjoyable work of imagination."—The Irish Herald

"[To Ireland, I] is practically continuous with [Muldoon's] poems, and I wouldn't be surprised if in the long run it proves to be nearly as profound and inexhaustibly bountiful as they... Muldoon's stylishness, playfulness, and sheer erudition are impressive.... To Ireland, I stands as both testament and monument to that most fundamental of artistic rights, the right to freedom of association (association of ideas, that is). Muldoon's books, like Joyce's, are not to be devoured or comprehended all at once; rather, they are to remain always there, a part of the landscape to which we readers—if we are wise and fortunate readers—will return again and again."—Troy Jollimore, The Boston Book Review

"To Ireland, I is a quirky and playful book, much as one might expect from Muldoon. It complements his own poetry (well aware of tradition, but always experimenting), without giving too much away. It is also a different view of Irish literature than one might be used to, and valuable for that additional perspective."—The Complete Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198184751
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/13/2000
Series:
Clarendon Lectures in English Literature Series , #1998
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Paul Muldoon is Oxford Professor of Poetry and the Howard G. B. Clark Professor in the Humanities at Princeton University.

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