Austin Clarke

(1896—1974) writer and radio broadcaster

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Austin Clarke (b. 1934)


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Irish poet and verse dramatist. He published some 18 volumes of poetry, from his first, The Vengeance of Fionn (1917) to his Collected Poems of 1974. His early work is influenced by Yeats and the Celtic Twilight, but much of his later work is sharply satiric and highly critical of his own nation's attitudes; in form it is subtle and complex, with an unobtrusive technical expertise. Clarke was also greatly interested in verse drama; he founded the Dublin Verse‐Speaking Society in 1938, which developed into the Lyric Theatre Company and performed many of his own plays as well as those of Bottomley, T. S. Eliot, and others. Clarke's plays are rooted in medieval Irish legend, but many have pantomime or farcical elements. His Collected Plays were published in 1963.

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