The Ulster Renaissance: Poetry in Belfast 1962-1972

Hardcover | April 15, 2006

byHeather Clark

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This is the first full-length study of the extraordinary period of intense poetic activity in Belfast known as the Ulster Renaissance - a time when young Northern Irish poets such as Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon, Michael Longley, James Simmons, and Paul Muldoon began crafting their art, andtuning their voices through each other. Drawing extensively upon new archival material, as well as personal interviews and correspondence, The Ulster Renaissance argues that these poets' friendships and rivalries were crucial to their autonomous artistic development. The book also sheds new light onthe idea of a collaborative Belfast coterie - often treated derisively by critics - and shows that the poets frequently engaged in efforts to promote a cohesive 'Northern' literary community, distinct from that which existed in London and Dublin. It suggests that it was this cohesion - at turnsinclusive and confining - which ultimately challenged the Belfast poets to find their individual voices.

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This is the first full-length study of the extraordinary period of intense poetic activity in Belfast known as the Ulster Renaissance - a time when young Northern Irish poets such as Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon, Michael Longley, James Simmons, and Paul Muldoon began crafting their art, andtuning their voices through each other. Drawing ...

Heather Clark was educated at Harvard, Trinity College Dublin, and Lincoln College, Oxford. She currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is Assistant Professor of Literature at Marlboro College. She has written for iLet's Go/i Travel Guides in Ireland, and has published many reviews in the Times Literary Supplement, Thumbscrew...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.79 inPublished:April 15, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199287317

ISBN - 13:9780199287314

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Table of Contents

1. Beginnings2. The Belfast Group3. Renaissance4. 'Genuine Accents'5. 'MacSimmittoon'6. Separate Selves

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"At almost every turn of page, Clark's The Ulster Renaissance is a book full of useful information that might otherwise have gone scattered, full of details evocative of the period and its personalities, and full of suggestions as to connections and reconnections between poets and poems. It is the best sort of literary history because it is a book worth arguing with."--Thomas Dillon Redshaw, New Hibernia Review "Heather Clark's study is a useful piece of work...she covers her ground with clarity, point and economy."--Peter McDonald, Times Literary Supplement