Irish Poetry and the News

Jahan Ramazani

in The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Poetry

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199561247
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Irish Poetry and the News

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Poetry has a somewhat ambivalent relation to the news media in Ireland. While novels such as James Joyce's Ulysses have often been seen as shot through with journalistic discourse, the vexed to-and-froing between Irish poetry and the news media has received little attention. Irish poets from W. B. Yeats and Michael Longley, Seamus Heaney, Medbh McGuckian, and Paul Muldoon demonstrate the constant dialogue between poetry and the news media. Yeats, for instance, was already deeply involved with newspapers and periodicals at the start of the twentieth century, yet vigorously refused to be dominated by their terms. Another Irish poet who struggled with print journalism was Louis MacNeice.

Keywords: Irish poetry; news; journalism; W. B. Yeats; Ireland; Louis MacNeice; poets; newspapers; news media; Seamus Heaney

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

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