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The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Poetry

Edited by Fran Brearton and Alan Gillis

Volume 1, issue Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199561247
Published online January 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199561247.001.0001

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Poetry

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This book describes the latest thinking on modern Irish poetry, beginning with a consideration of W. B. Yeats's early work and the legacy of the nineteenth century. The broadly chronological areas that follow, covering the period from the 1910s through to the twenty-first century, allow scope for coverage of key poetic voices in Ireland in their historical and political context. From the experimentalism of Samuel Beckett, Thomas MacGreevy, and others of the modernist generation, to the refashioning of Yeats's Ireland on the part of poets such as Louis MacNeice, Patrick Kavanagh, and Austin Clarke mid-century, through to the controversially titled post-1969 ‘Northern Renaissance’ of poetry, the book provides extensive coverage of the key movements of the modern period. It 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 book's analysis of poetic forms as well as the generic diversity of poetry in Ireland, its various manipulations, reinventions, and sometimes repudiations of traditional forms. It also looks at 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.

Keywords: Irish poetry; Northern Renaissance; women's poetry; poetic forms; generic diversity; religion; stylistics; poets; Ireland; W. B. Yeats

Book.  743 pages. 

Subjects: Literature

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Recovering Ancient Ireland in The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Poetry

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Yeats and Symbolism in The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Poetry

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‘The Roses are Torn’: Ireland's War Poets in The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Poetry

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W. B. Yeats: Poetry and Violence in The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Poetry

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Yeats, Eliot, and The Idea of Tradition in The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Poetry

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Samuel Beckett: Exile and Experiment in The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Poetry

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