The Poetry of Derek Mahon

Paperback | October 20, 2010

byHugh Haughton

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Derek Mahon is one of the leading poets of his time, both in Ireland and beyond, famously offering a perspective that is displaced from as much as grounded in his native country. From prodigious beginnings to prolific maturity, he has been, through thick and thin, through troubled times andother, a writer profoundly committed to the art of poetry and the craft of making verse. He has also been no-less a committed reviser of his work, believing the poem to be more than a record in verse, but a work of art never finished. This virtuoso study by Hugh Haughton provides the most comprehensive account imaginable of Mahon's oeuvre. Haughton's brilliant writing always serves and illuminates the poetry, yielding extraordinary insights on almost every page. The poetry, its revisions and reception, are the subject here, butso thorough is the approach that what is offered also amounts indirectly to an intellectual biography of the poet and with it an account of Northern Irish poetry vital to our understanding of the times.

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Derek Mahon is one of the leading poets of his time, both in Ireland and beyond, famously offering a perspective that is displaced from as much as grounded in his native country. From prodigious beginnings to prolific maturity, he has been, through thick and thin, through troubled times andother, a writer profoundly committed to the ar...

Hugh Haughton was born in Cork, and is currently Senior Lecturer in English at the University of York. He has published widely on modern poetry and has edited many books, including The Chatto Book of Nonsense Poetry (1988), Second World War Poems (2004), and Freud's The Uncanny. He is co-editor (with Valerie Eliot) of The Letters of T...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pagesPublished:October 20, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. IntroductionN: The Poetics of Home2. Forging an Identity: Night-Crossing3. The 'Ironic Conscience': Lives4. The Poetry of Afterolives: The Snow Party5. Writing Crisis: The Sea in Winter6. The Time of Exile: The Hunt by Night and Antarctica7. Poet in New York: The Hudson Letter8. The Yellow Book and The Fin de Siecle9. A New Wave: Harbour Lights

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"The study as a whole is a masterpiece of overview combined with detailed attention. I have no doubt that it will come to be seen as not merely the standard work on Mahon, but one of the critical cornerstones for the understanding both of Northern Irish Poetry and of contemporary poetry inEnglish in general, on both sides of the Atlantic." --Bernard O'Donoghue 05/10/2007