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Irish Poetic Modernism: Portrait of The Artist in Exile

Susan Schreibman

in The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Poetry

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199561247
Published online January 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199561247.013.0008

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Irish Poetic Modernism: Portrait of The Artist in Exile

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Exile – defined as an estrangement from one's home and one's homeland, one's history, family, and friends – is a recurring theme in Irish poetic modernism. This chapter focuses on the poetry of Samuel Beckett, Brian Coffey, Denis Devlin, Thomas MacGreevy, and George Reavey. Their poetry is still too widely considered marginal to the canon of Irish poetry, in part because Ireland, almost a century after gaining independence, continues to struggle with categories of Irishness. The chapter argues that the work of Beckett, Coffey, Devlin, MacGreevy, and Reavey represents an important and too often ignored extended Irish community. Their aesthetic and political formation takes place during the years of l'entre deux guerres.

Keywords: exile; modernism; Irish poetry; Samuel Beckett; Brian Coffey; Denis Devlin; Thomas MacGreevy; George Reavey; Ireland; Irishness

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Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (20th Century onwards) ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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