The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Poetry

Hardcover | November 15, 2012

EditorFran Brearton, Alan Gillis

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Forty chapters, written by leading scholars across the world, describe the latest thinking on modern Irish poetry. The Handbook begins with a consideration of Yeats's early work, and the legacy of the 19th century. The broadly chronological areas which follow, covering the period from the1910s through to the 21st century, allow scope for coverage of key poetic voices in Ireland in their historical and political context. From the experimentalism of Beckett, MacGreevy, and others of the modernist generation, to the refashioning of Yeats's Ireland on the part of poets such asMacNeice, Kavanagh, and Clarke mid-century, through to the controversially titled post-1969 'Northern Renaissance' of poetry, this volume will provide extensive coverage of the key movements of the modern period.The Handbook covers the work of, among others, Paul Durcan, Thomas Kinsella, Brendan Kennelly, Seamus Heaney, Paul Muldoon, Michael Longley, Medbh McGuckian, and Ciaran Carson. The thematic sections interspersed throughout - chapters on women's poetry, religion, translation, painting, music,stylistics - allow for comparative studies of poets north and south across the century. Central to the guiding spirit of this project is the Handbook's consideration of poetic forms, and a number of essays explore the generic diversity of poetry in Ireland, its various manipulations, reinventionsand sometimes repudiations of traditional forms. The last essays in the book examine the work of a 'new' generation of poets from Ireland, concentrating on work published in the last two decades by Justin Quinn, Leontia Flynn, Sinead Morrissey, David Wheatley, Vona Groarke, and others.

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Forty chapters, written by leading scholars across the world, describe the latest thinking on modern Irish poetry. The Handbook begins with a consideration of Yeats's early work, and the legacy of the 19th century. The broadly chronological areas which follow, covering the period from the1910s through to the 21st century, allow scope f...

Fran Brearton is Reader in English at Queen's University Belfast. Her books include The Great War in Irish Poetry (2000), Reading Michael Longley (2006), and, as co-editor, Modern Irish and Scottish Poetry (2011) and Incorrigibly Plural: Louis MacNeice and His Legacy (2012). Alan Gillis is Lecturer in English at The University of ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:736 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.98 inPublished:November 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PART I: Poetry and the Revival1. Matthew Campbell: Recovering Ancient Ireland2. Warwick Gould: Yeats and Symbolism3. Michael O'Neill: Yeats, Clarke, and The Irish Poet's Relationship with EnglishPART II: The Poetry of War4. Jim Haughey: 'The Roses are Torn': Ireland's War Poets5. Gerald Dawe: 'Pledged to Ireland': The Poets and Poems of Easter 19166. Edna Longley: W. B. Yeats: Poetry and ViolencePART III: Modernism and Traditionalism7. Edward Larrissey: Yeats, Eliot, and the Idea of Tradition8. Susan Schriebman: Irish Poetic Modernism: Portrait of the Artist in Exile9. David Wheatley: Samuel Beckett: Exile and Experiment10. Dillon Johnston: Voice and Voiceprints: Joyce and Recent Irish PoetryPART IV: Mid-Century Irish Poetry11. Kit Fryatt: Patrick Kavanagh's 'Potentialities'12. Thomas Walker: MacNeice Among His Contemporaries: 1939 and 194113. Richard Kirkland: The Poetics of Partition: Poetry and Northern Ireland in the 1940s14. John McAuliffe: Disturbing Irish Poetry: Kinsella and Clarke 1951-196215. Jonathan Allison: Memory and Starlight in Late MacNeicePART V: Poetry and the Arts16. Neil Corcoran: Modern Irish Poetry and the Visual Arts: Yeats to Heaney17. Damien Keane: Poetry, Music, and Reproduced Sound18. Rui Carvalho Homem: 'Private Relations': Selves, Poems, and Paintings Durcan to Morrissey19. Peter Mackay: Contemporary Northern Irish Poetry and RomanticismPART VI: On the Borders: A Further Look at the Language Question20. Aodan Mac Poilin: 'Ghosts of Metrical Procedures': Translations from the Irish21. Eric Falci: Translation as Collaboration: Ni Dhomhnaill and Muldoon22. Justin Quinn: Incoming: Irish Poetry and Translation23. Paul Simpson: A Stylistic Analysis of Modern Irish PoetryPART VII: Poetry and Politics: 1970S and 1980S24. Heather Clark: Befitting Emblems: The Early 1970s25. Shane Alcobia-Murphy: 'Neurosis of Sand': Authority, Memory, and the Hunger Strike26. John Redmond: Engagements with the Public Sphere in the Poetry of Paul Durcan and Brendan Kennelly27. Leontia Flynn: Domestic Violences: Medbh McGuckian and Irish Women s Writing in the 1980sPART VIII: Cultural Landscapes28. Gail McConnell: Catholic Art and Culture: Clarke to Heaney29. Elmer Kennedy-Andrews: In Belfast30. Peter McDonald: 'Our Lost Lives': Protestantism and Northern Irish Poetry31. Maria Johnston: Walking Dublin: Contemporary Irish Poets in the CityPART IX: The Poet as Critic32. Hugh Haughton: The Irish Poet as Critic33. Steven Matthews: The Poet as Anthologist34. Jahan Ramazani: Irish Poetry and the NewsPART X: On Poetic Form35. Alan Gillis: The Modern Irish Sonnet36. Stephen Regan: Irish Elegy After Yeats37. John Goodby: 'Repeat the changes change the repeats': Alternative Irish Poetry38. Fran Brearton: 'The nothing-could-be-simpler-line': Form in Contemporary Irish PoetryPART XI: On Recent Poetry39. Catriona Clutterbuck: New Irish Women Poets: The Evolution of (In)determinacy in Vona Groarke40. Miriam Gamble: 'a potted peace / lily'? Northern Irish Poetry Since the Ceasefires

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"Detailed and authoritative... convincing and subtly argued proof of its key propositions about the War's imaginative potency ... Brearton's criticism makes a strong case for the status of Nothern Irish poetry as especially revealing. Brearton's eloquent, agile, and intellectually daring booktransforms 'the debate' about Irish poetry in a decisive way." --Peter McDonald, Times Literary Supplement