Journal Article

JOHN MONTAGUE: MAKING IT NEW

Elmer Kennedy-Andrews

in English: Journal of the English Association

Volume 63, issue 240, pages 28-56
Published in print January 2014 | ISSN: 0013-8215
Published online January 2014 | e-ISSN: 1756-1124 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/english/eft046
JOHN MONTAGUE: MAKING IT NEW

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This essay considers how, and how far, Montague's experience of America and American poets enabled him to find new ways of dealing with the familiar themes of Irish tradition – place, roots and origins, inheritance and identity, family, community, nation, and exile. Through examination of the influence of American poets, especially Olson, Williams, Roethke, Duncan, Snyder, and Ginsberg, the essay assesses the extent to which America afforded Montague critical distance from his immediate personal and political circumstances and managed to provide him with alternative poetic models to both Yeats in Ireland and the English literary tradition. Of particular interest is the question of whether American influence produces through Montague a radically new vision of Ireland or is simply a superficial matter of form and technique.

Journal Article.  11233 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Postcolonial Literature) ; Literary Studies (American) ; Literary Studies (British and Irish)

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