The Cambridge Companion to Contemporary Irish Poetry

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Matthew Campbell
Cambridge University Press, Aug 28, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 294 pages
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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 2003 book provides a unique 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.
  

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Contents

Ireland in poetry 1999 1949 1969
1
From Irish mode to modernisation the poetry of Austin Clarke
21
Patrick Kavanagh and antipastoral
42
Louis MacNeice irony and responsibility
59
The Irish modernists and their legacy
76
Poetry of the 1960s the Northern Ireland Renaissance
94
Violence in Seamus Heaneys poetry
113
Mahon and Longley place and placelessness
133
Boland McGuckian Ni Chuilleanain and the body of the nation
169
Sonnets centos and long lines Muldoon Paulin McGuckian and Carson
189
Performance and dissent Irish poets in the public sphere
209
Irish poets and the world
229
Irish poetry into the twentyfirst century
250
Further Reading
268
Index
285
Copyright

Between two languages poetry in Irish English and Irish English
149

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About the author (2003)

Matthew Campbell is Senior Lecturer at the University of Sheffield. He is the author of Rhythm and Will in Victorian Poetry (Cambridge, 1999) and of numerous articles on Victorian poetry, Irish poetry and contemporary poetry.