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The Cambridge companion to contemporary Irish poetry
Campbell, Matthew (Matthew J. B.)
Publication Information:
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
xv, 294 pages ; 23 cm.

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PR8771 .C36 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In the last fifty years Irish poets have produced some of the most exciting poetry in contemporary literature, writing about love and sexuality, violence and history, country and city. This book, first published in 2003, provides an introduction to major figures such as Seamus Heaney, and also introduces the reader to significant precursors like Louis MacNeice or Patrick Kavanagh, and vital contemporaries and successors: among others, Thomas Kinsella, Nuala N Dhomhnaill and Paul Muldoon. Readers will find discussions of Irish poetry from the traditional to the modernist, written in Irish as well as English, from both North and South. This Companion provides cultural and historical background to contemporary Irish poetry in the contexts of modern Ireland but also in the broad currents of modern world literature. It includes a chronology and guide to further reading and will prove invaluable to students and teachers alike.

Table of Contents

1 Ireland in poetry, 1999, 1949, 1969Matthew Campbell
2 From Irish mode to modernisation: The poetry of AustinClarke John Goodby
3 Patrick Kavanagh and anti-pastoralJonathan Allison
4 Louis MacNiece: irony and responsibilityPeter McDonald
5 The Irish modernists and their legacyAlex Davis
6 Poetry of the 1960s: the 'Northern Ireland Renaissance'Fran Brearton
7 Seamus Heaney and violenceDillon Johnston
8 Mahon and Longley: places and placelessnessTerence Brown
9 Between two languages: contemporary poetry in Irish and EnglishFrank Sewell
10 Boland, McGuckian, Ní Chuilleanáin and the body of the nationGuinn Batten
11 Sonnets, centos, and long linesMuldoon and Paulin and McGuckian and Carson Shane Murphy
12 Performance and dissent: Irish poets in the public sphereLucy Collins
13 Irish poets and the worldRobert Faggen
14 Irish poetry into the twenty-first centuryDavid Wheatley