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.

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Defying critical suggestions that the pastoral elegy is obsolete, Iain Twiddy reveals the popularity of the form in the work of major contemporary poets Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes and Paul Muldoon, Michael Longley, Douglas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.

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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.

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.

Anthology of Twentieth-century British and Irish Poetry

Author: Keith Tuma

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195128949

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 941

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Collects over 450 works by such poets as Thomas Hardy, Catherine Walsh, W.H. Auden, Dylan Thomas, T. S. Eliot, and D.H Lawrence; and covers modernist traditions, black British poets, and avant-garde poetry.

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.

Die kleinsten, stillsten Dinge

Author: Sara Baume

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644000220

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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Ein einsamer Mann Mitte fünfzig kommt ins Tierheim. Ray braucht einen Hund, wegen der Ratten in seinem Haus, und er sucht sich den traurigsten Köter von allen aus: Im Kampf mit einem Dachs hat Einauge den Kürzeren gezogen, daher sein Name. Er ist sehr schreckhaft, immer hungrig, und wenn andere Hunde in der Nähe sind, wird er aggressiv. Ray, der das von seinem Vater ererbte schäbige Haus an der See bisher kaum verlassen hat, findet in dem armen Kerl einen Gefährten und ein Spiegelbild. Frühmorgens unternehmen die beiden lange Strandspaziergänge – bis eines Tages eine Frau mit Hund ihren Weg kreuzt. Einauge fällt den Rivalen an, und das Unheil nimmt seinen Lauf. Bald darauf steht eine Polizistin vor der Tür. Ray wimmelt sie ab und flieht mit Einauge in seinem klapprigen Auto. So fahren die beiden, Menschen meidend, die irische Atlantikküste hinab, während es draußen immer kälter und das Geld immer weniger wird ... Eine traurige, eine herzzerreißende Geschichte, die Sara Baume in eine so klare wie schöne Sprache gehüllt hat. Ray und sein Hund bewegen sich durch ein wenig idyllisches Irland, Raffinerien, Parkplätze, Dreck – die Kunst der Autorin und ihre überragende Beobachtungsgabe machen aus dieser Flucht eine Reise voll dunkel strahlendem Glanz.

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 poetry published in Britain and Ireland over the last half-century Introduces students to figures including Philip Larkin, Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney, and Andrew Motion Takes an integrative approach, emphasizing the complex negotiations between the British and Irish poetic traditions, and pulling together competing tendencies and positions Written by critics from Britain, Ireland, and the United States Includes suggestions for further reading and a chronology, detailing the most important writers, volumes and events

Contemporary Irish Poetry and the Pastoral Tradition

Author: Donna L. Potts

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 082627269X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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In Contemporary Irish Poetry and the Pastoral Tradition, Donna L. Potts closely examines the pastoral genre in the work of six Irish poets writing today. Through the exploration of the poets and their works, she reveals the wide range of purposes that pastoral has served in both Northern Ireland and the Republic: a postcolonial critique of British imperialism; a response to modernity, industrialization, and globalization; a way of uncovering political and social repercussions of gendered representations of Ireland; and, more recently, a means for conveying environmentalism’s more complex understanding of the value of nature. Potts traces the pastoral back to its origins in the work of Theocritus of Syracuse in the third century and plots its evolution due to cultural changes. While all pastoral poems share certain generic traits, Potts makes clear that pastorals are shaped by social and historical contexts, and Irish pastorals in particular were influenced by Ireland’s unique relationship with the land, language, and industrialization due to England’s colonization. For her discussion, Potts has chosen six poets who have written significant collections of pastoral poetry and whose work is in dialogue with both the pastoral tradition and other contemporary pastoral poets. Three poets are men—John Montague, Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley—while three are women—Eavan Boland, Medbh McGuckian, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill. Five are English-language authors, while the sixth—Ní Dhomhnaill—writes in Irish. Additionally, some of the poets hail from the Republic, while others originate from Northern Ireland. Potts contends that while both Irish Republic and Northern Irish poets respond to a shared history of British colonization in their pastorals, the 1921 partition of the country caused the pastoral tradition to evolve differently on either side of the border, primarily because of the North’s more rapid industrialization; its more heavily Protestant population, whose response to environmentalism was somewhat different than that of the Republic’s predominantly Catholic population; as well the greater impact of the world wars and the Irish Troubles. In an important distinction from other studies of Irish poetry, Potts moves beyond the influence of history and politics on contemporary Irish pastoral poetry to consider the relatively recent influence of ecology. Contemporary Irish poets often rely on the motif of the pastoral retreat to highlight various environmental threats to those retreats—whether they be high-rises, motorways, global warming, or acid rain. Potts concludes by speculating on the future of pastoral in contemporary Irish poetry through her examination of more recent poets—including Moya Cannon and Paula Meehan—as well as other genres such as film, drama, and fiction.

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.

British Culture of the Postwar

An Introduction to Literature and Society, 1945-1999

Author: Alistair Davies,Alan Sinfield

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415128117

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 211

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The second half of the twentieth century was a period which saw huge political, social, technological and economic changes. These upheavals are mediated in often controversial innovations in literature, art, and cinema. From Angus Wilson to Pat Barker and Salman Rushdie, British Culture of the Postwar is an ideal starting point for those studying these 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 relationships 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.

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.

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.

Modernist Literature

An Introduction

Author: Mary Ann Gillies,Aurelea Denise Mahood

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780748627646

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 218

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This engaging textbook provides a critical assessment of British modernist literature produced between 1900 and 1945.Each chapter focuses on a single decade, a distinct genre and a specific theme: the 1900s - the short story - gender and sexuality; the 1910s - poetry - war, technology and propaganda; the 1920s - the novel - new modes of literary expression; the 1930s - the documentary - political engagement. A final chapter covers the 1940s and beyond looking at new literary and artistic movements and ‘other’ modernisms. Covering canonical texts and lesser-known works, Modernist Literatureintroduces students to current debates in Modernism and a range of literature in its historical and aesthetic contexts.Features:*Examines four distinct genres - the short story, poetry, novel and documentary - decade-by-decade.*Combines close readings with cultural and political analyses of British modernism.*Includes a Chronology and Further Readings with each chapter.

Oxford Poets 2010

An Anthology

Author: David Constantine,Robyn Marsack,Bernard O'Donoghue

Publisher: Carcanet Press

ISBN: 9781903039984

Category: Poetry

Page: 92

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Introducing selections of both promise and achievement, this rich collection of British poetry highlights new talent along with established artists—poets whose imaginative and linguistic worlds span decades and continents. Presenting poems that display an intelligence of purpose and design, readers will be able to track the development of their favorite writers while being exposed to the newest emerging wordsmiths.

Aberration in Modern Poetry

Essays on Atypical Works by Yeats, Auden, Moore, Heaney and Others

Author: Lucy Collins,Stephen Matterson

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786489014

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 254

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This critical work considers the role played by elements that might be considered aberrational in a poet’s oeuvre. With an introductory essay exploring the nature of aberration, these fourteen contributions investigate the work of major 20th-century poets from the U.S., Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Aberration is considered from the standpoint of both the artist and the audience, prompting discussion on a range of important issues, including the formation of the canon. Each essay discusses the status of the aberrant work and the ways in which it challenges, enlarges or supports the overall perception of the poet.