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The Great War in Irish Poetry : W. B. Yeats to Michael Longley - Fran Brearton

The Great War in Irish Poetry

W. B. Yeats to Michael Longley

Hardcover Published: 1st July 2000
ISBN: 9780198186724
Number Of Pages: 328

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The Great War in Irish Poetry explores the impact of the First World War on the work of W. B. Yeats, Robert Graves, and Louis MacNeice in the period 1914-45, and on three contemporary Northern Irish poets, Derek Mahon, Seamus Heaney, and Michael Longley. Its concern is to place their work, and memory of the Great War, in the context of Irish culture and politics in the twentieth century. The historical background to Irish involvement in the Great War is explained, as are the ways in which some of the events of 1912-1920--the Home Rule crisis, the loss of the Titanic, the Battle of the Somme, the Easter Rising--still reverberate in the politics of remembrance in Northern Ireland.
While the Great War is perceived as central to English culture, and its literature holds a privileged position in the English literary canon, the centrality of the Great War to Irish writing has seldom been acknowledged. This book is concerned with the extent to which recognition of the importance of the Great War in Irish writing has become a casualty of competing versions of the literary canon. It shows that, despite complications in Irish domestic politics which led to the repression of "official memory" of the Great War in Ireland, Irish poets, particularly those writing in the "troubled" Northern Ireland of the last thirty years, have been drawn throughout the century to the events and images of 1914-18.

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`excellent ... The Great War in Irish Poetry doggedly addresses the entrenched positions of Irish identity politics, yet is anything but a slow or laborious read. In her own way Brearton has contributed, as Mahon said of MacNiece, to "Rinsing the choked mud, keeping the colours new."' Bullan, vol. 5, no. 2 `a skilful, illuminating writer on the influence of the Great War in Irish poetry' Sarah Ferris, Irish Studies Review `This is a well-written book supported by an excellent bibliography' Sarah Ferris, Irish Studies Review `Detailed and authoritative... convincing and subtly argued proof of its key propositions about the War's imaginative potency... Brearton's criticism makes a strong case for the status of Nothern Irish poetry as especially revealing. Brearton's eloquent, agile, and intellectually daring book transforms 'the debate' about Irish poetry in a decisive way.' Peter McDonald, TLS September 15 2000

Part I: The art of the war Ireland in the Great War: literature, history, culture W. B. Yeats: creation from conflict Robert Graves: resisting the canon Louis MacNeice: between two wars Part II: The northern renascence Northern Ireland and the politics of remembrance A dying art: Derek Mahon's solving ambiguity The end of art: Seamus Heaney's apology for poetry Michael Longley: poet in no man's land Bibliography Index

ISBN: 9780198186724
ISBN-10: 019818672X
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 1st July 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.49

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