Pastoral Elegy in Contemporary British and Irish Poetry

Author: Iain Twiddy

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441174893

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

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Defying critical suggestions that the pastoral elegy is obsolete, Iain Twiddy reveals the popularity of the form in the work of major contemporary poets Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes and Paul Muldoon, Michael Longley, Douglas Dunn and Peter Reading. As Twiddy outlines the development of the form, he identifies its characteristics and functions. But more importantly his study accounts for the enduring appeal of the pastoral elegy, why poets look to its conventions during times of personal distress and social disharmony, and how it allows them to recover from grief, loss and destruction. Informed by current debates and contemporary theories of mourning, Twiddy discusses themes of war and peace, social pastoral and environmental change, draws on the enduring influence of both Classical and Romantic poetics and explores poets' changing relationships with pastoral elegy throughout their careers. The result is a study that demonstrates why the pastoral elegy is still a flourishing and dynamic form in contemporary British and Irish poetry.

An Anthology of Modern Irish Poetry

Author: Wes Davis

Publisher: Belknap Press

ISBN: 9780674072220

Category: Poetry

Page: 976

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Never before has there been a single-volume anthology of modern Irish poetry so significant and groundbreaking as An Anthology of Modern Irish Poetry. Collected here is a comprehensive representation of Irish poetic achievement in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, from poets such as Austin Clarke and Samuel Beckett who were writing while Yeats and Joyce were still living; to those who came of age in the turbulent âe(tm)60s as sectarian violence escalated, including Seamus Heaney and Michael Longley; to a new generation of Irish writers, represented by such diverse, interesting voices as David Wheatley (born 1970) and Sinéad Morrissey (born 1972).Scholar and editor Wes Davis has chosen work by more than fifty leading modern and contemporary Irish poets. Each poet is represented by a generous number of poems (there are nearly 800 poems in the anthology). The editorâe(tm)s selection includes work by world-renowned poets, including a couple of Nobel Prize winners, as well as work by poets whose careers may be less well known to the general public; by poets writing in English; and by several working in the Irish language (Gaelic selections appear in translation). Accompanying the selections are a general introduction that provides a historical overview, informative short essays on each poet, and helpful notesâe"all prepared by the editor.

A Concise Companion to Postwar British and Irish Poetry

Author: Nigel Alderman,C. D. Blanton

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118836014

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 328

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This volume introduces students to the most important figures,movements and trends in post-war British and Irish poetry. An historical overview and critical introduction to the poetrypublished in Britain and Ireland over the last half-century Introduces students to figures including Philip Larkin, TedHughes, Seamus Heaney, and Andrew Motion Takes an integrative approach, emphasizing the complexnegotiations between the British and Irish poetic traditions, andpulling together competing tendencies and positions Written by critics from Britain, Ireland, and the UnitedStates Includes suggestions for further reading and a chronology,detailing the most important writers, volumes and events

In Black and Gold

Contiguous Traditions in Post-war British and Irish Poetry

Author: C. C. Barfoot

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789051836608

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 331

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In Black and Gold indicates that opposed styles of poetry reveal subterranean correspondences that occasionally meet and run together. Austerity or tomfoolery are two of the many valid responses to the human condition that create the contiguous traditions that cannot help touching and reacting to each other. The poetry discussed in this book deals with the relation of individuals to strange or to familiar landscapes, and what this means to their own sense of displacement or rootedness; with the use of history as an escape from or as a challenge to an apparently failing present; and with the role of nationalism either as a refuge for angry frustration, or as a weapon against the affronting world, or as an ambivalent loyalty that needs to be scoured, or as all three. Here we find poetry as a means of discovering true or false allegiances and valid or invalid public and private identities; poetry as a medium for exploring the uses of the demotic in confronting the breakdowns and injustices of modern democracy; poetry as play in the midst of private and public woe; poetry as a spiritual quest, as a spiritual scourging, as a wrestling with spiritual absences; and poetry as an intermittent and sporadic commemoration of the triumphs and delights of epiphanic encounters with the physical world.

Contemporary Jewish Writing in Britain and Ireland

An Anthology

Author: Bryan Cheyette

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803263888

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 336

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Contemporary Jewish Writing in Britain and Ireland presents a wide range of writers-some at the heart of British culture, others outside the mainstream-who address the issue of Jewish cultural difference in Great Britain and Ireland. Editor Bryan Cheyette has assembled a striking roster of writers whose extraordinary imagination and understanding of Jewish experience in Britain and Ireland have transformed English literature in recent decades. They include established figures like Anita Brookner, Harold Pinter, and George Steiner, as well as such vibrant new voices as Elena Lappin, Jonathan Treitel, and Jonathan Wilson. As Cheyette argues, "the contemporary British-Jewish writers in this volume defy the authority of England and the Anglo-Jewish community. . . . [All] are risk-takers who . . . will eventually help replace narrow national narratives and gendered identities with a broader, more plural, diasporic culture". Bryan Cheyette is a professor of English and drama at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London. He is the author of Construction of "the Jew" in English Literature and Society: Racial Representations, 1875-1945.

Contemporary British Poetry and the City

Author: Peter Barry

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719055942

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 260

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Though poets have always written about cities, the commonest critical categories have stressed the rural, so that poetry can seem irrelevant to a predominantly urban population. This book seeks to redress the balance by exploring work by a range of poets who reflect the contemporary urban scene.

British Culture of the Post-War

An Introduction to Literature and Society 1945-1999

Author: Alastair Davies,Alan Sinfield

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113510008X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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From Angus Wilson to Pat Barker and Salman Rushdie, British Culture of the Post-War is an ideal starting point for those studying cultural developments in Britain of recent years. Chapters on individual people and art forms give a clear and concise overview of the progression of different genres. They also discuss the wider issues of Britain's relationship with America and Europe, and the idea of Britishness. Each section is introduced with a short discussion of the major historical events of the period. Read as a whole, British Culture of the Postwar will give students a comprehensive introduction to this turbulent and exciting period, and a greater understanding of the cultural production arising from it.

Aristophanes, 3

The Suits, Clouds, Birds

Author: Aristophanes,Greg Delanty

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812216981

Category: Drama

Page: 322

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"Directness, vivid imagery, and rhetorical music prevail."--

The Cambridge Companion to Twentieth-Century British and Irish Women's Poetry

Author: Jane Dowson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139824856

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: N.A

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This Companion provides new ways of reading a wide range of influential women's poetry. Leading international scholars offer insights on a century of writers, drawing out the special function of poetry and the poets' use of language, whether it is concerned with the relationship between verbal and visual art, experimental poetics, war, landscape, history, cultural identity or 'confessional' lyrics. Collectively, the chapters cover well established and less familiar poets, from Edith Sitwell and Mina Loy, through Stevie Smith, Sylvia Plath and Elizabeth Jennings to Anne Stevenson, Eavan Boland and Jo Shapcott. They also include poets at the forefront of poetry trends, such as Liz Lochhead, Jackie Kay, Patience Agbabi, Caroline Bergvall, Medbh McGuckian and Carol Ann Duffy. With a chronology and guide to further reading, this book is aimed at students and poetry enthusiasts wanting to deepen their knowledge of some of the finest modern poets.

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British and Irish Poetry Since 1970

Author: Richard Caddel,Peter Quartermain

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

ISBN: 9780819522580

Category: Poetry

Page: 280

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The most significant US anthology of innovative poetries from the UK and Ireland in over 25 years.

The Cambridge Companion to Contemporary Irish Poetry

Author: Matthew Campbell

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521012454

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 294

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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 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 Ní 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.

Chronology, Or, An Introduction and Index to Universal History, Biography, and Useful Knowledge

Comprising a Chronological, Contemporary, and Alphabetical Record, of Important and Interesting Occurrences, from the Earliest Period to the Present Time : with Copious Lists of Eminent and Remarkable Persons, Etc. : to which are Added Valpy's Poetical Retrospect, Literary Chronology, and the Latest Statistical Views of the World : with a Chart of History : Intended for the Use of Schools, and for General Reference

Author: George Palmer Putnam

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Chronology, Historical

Page: 352

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Civil Humor

The Poetry of Gavin Ewart

Author: Stephen W. Delchamps

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 9780838639337

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 307

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Individual chapters treat the poetry Ewart contributed to various "little magazines" during the 1930s and 1940s; references in Ewart's poems to poetic craft, audience, and tradition; and his handling of characteristic themes including place, the world of work, marriage and children, and death. A full chapter is devoted to the erotically charged poetry for which Ewart was probably best known; the author argues that the richness of this poetry arises from the dynamic interplay of two contrasting poetical personae."--BOOK JACKET.

Reader's Guide to Literature in English

Author: Mark Hawkins-Dady

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135314179

Category: Reference

Page: 1010

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Reader's Guide Literature in English provides expert guidance to, and critical analysis of, the vast number of books available within the subject of English literature, from Anglo-Saxon times to the current American, British and Commonwealth scene. It is designed to help students, teachers and librarians choose the most appropriate books for research and study.

The Twentieth Century in Poetry

Author: Peter Childs

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134696612

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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Until now, most teaching has focused on the novel as the most useful way of raising issues of gender, ethnicity, theory, nationality, politics and social class. In The Twentieth Century in Poetry Peter Childs places literature in a wider social context and demonstrates that all poetry is historically produced and consumed and is part of our understanding of society and identity. This student-friendly critical survey includes chapters on: * the Georgians * First World War poetry * Eliot * Yeats * the thirties * post-war poetry * contemporary anthologies * women's poetry * Northern Irish and black British poets It builds a narrative not of poetry in the twentieth century, but of the twentieth century in poetry.

The Cambridge Introduction to Modern Irish Poetry, 1800–2000

Author: Justin Quinn

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139469592

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: N.A

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Over the last two centuries, Ireland has produced some of the world's most outstanding and best-loved poets, from Thomas Moore to W. B. Yeats to Seamus Heaney. This introduction not only provides an essential overview of the history and development of poetry in Ireland, but also offers new approaches to aspects of the field. Justin Quinn argues that the language issues of Irish poetry have been misconceived and re-examines the divide between Gaelic and Anglophone poetry. Quinn suggests an alternative to both nationalist and revisionist interpretations and fundamentally challenges existing ideas of Irish poetry. This lucid book offers a rich contextual background against which to read the individual works, and pays close attention to the major poems and poets. Readers and students of Irish poetry will learn much from Quinn's sharp and critically acute account.