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The Cambridge Companion to Contemporary Irish Poetry

The Cambridge Companion to Contemporary Irish Poetry


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Matthew Campbell, John Goodby, Jonathan Allison, Peter McDonald, Alex Davis, Fran Brearton, Dillon Johnston, Terence Brown, Frank Sewell, Guinn Batten, Shane Murphy, Lucy Collins, Robert Faggen, David Wheatley
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  • Date Published: August 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521012454

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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 Ní 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.

    • Covers a broad range of Irish poetry in English and Irish, and includes chapters on individual writers
    • Examines poetry from 1949 to the present day
    • Will appeal to general readers as well as scholars
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    '… for those of us teaching Irish poetry who have wished for a collection of essays that introduces students to the major themes of the twentieth century as we understand them today, this Companion will not disappoint.' Irish Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521012454
    • length: 314 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Ireland in poetry, 1999, 1949, 1969 Matthew Campbell
    2. From Irish mode to modernisation: the poetry of Austin Clarke John Goodby
    3. Patrick Kavanagh and anti-pastoral Jonathan Allison
    4. Louis MacNiece: irony and responsibility Peter McDonald
    5. The Irish modernists and their legacy Alex Davis
    6. Poetry of the 1960s: the 'Northern Ireland Renaissance' Fran Brearton
    7. Seamus Heaney and violence Dillon Johnston
    8. Mahon and Longley: places and placelessness Terence Brown
    9. Between two languages: contemporary poetry in Irish and English Frank Sewell
    10. Boland, McGuckian, Ní Chuilleanáin and the body of the nation Guinn Batten
    11. Sonnets, centos, and long lines: Muldoon, Paulin, McGuckian and Carson Shane Murphy
    12. Performance and dissent: Irish poets in the public sphere Lucy Collins
    13. Irish poets and the world Robert Faggen
    14. Irish poetry into the twenty-first century David Wheatley.

  • Editor

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


    Matthew Campbell, John Goodby, Jonathan Allison, Peter McDonald, Alex Davis, Fran Brearton, Dillon Johnston, Terence Brown, Frank Sewell, Guinn Batten, Shane Murphy, Lucy Collins, Robert Faggen, David Wheatley

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