Irish Poetry of the 1930s

Hardcover | April 7, 2006

byAlan Gillis

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The 1930s have never really been considered an epoch within Irish literature, even though the Thirties form one of the most dominant and fascinating contexts in modern British literature. This book argues that during this time Irish poets faced up to political pressures and aesthetic dilemmaswhich frequently overlapped with those associated with 'The Auden Generation'. In so doing, it offers a provocative intercession into Irish history. But more than this, it offers powerful arguments about the way poetry in general is interpreted and understood. In this way, Gillis seeks to redefine our understanding of a frequently neglected period and to challenge received notions of both Irish literature and poetic modernism. Irish Poetry of the 1930s gives detailed and vital readings of the major Irish poets of the decade, including original andexciting analyses of Samuel Beckett, Patrick Kavanagh, Louis MacNeice, and W. B. Yeats.

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The 1930s have never really been considered an epoch within Irish literature, even though the Thirties form one of the most dominant and fascinating contexts in modern British literature. This book argues that during this time Irish poets faced up to political pressures and aesthetic dilemmaswhich frequently overlapped with those assoc...

Alan Gillis is a Research Fellow of the Seamus Heany Centre for Poetry at the School of English, Queen's University Belfast.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:220 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.74 inPublished:April 7, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Louis MacNeice: The Living Curve3. Patrick Kavanagh and Austin Clarke: In a Metaphysical Land4. Denis Devlin, Brian Coffey, and Samuel Beckett: Across the Tempest of Emblems5. W. B. Yeats: Among the Deepening ShadesSelect Bibliography