The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary British and Irish Poetry

Author: Peter Robinson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199596805
Release Date: 2013-09-26
Genre: History

This title offers an authoritative and up-to-date collection of original essays bringing together ground breaking research into the development of contemporary poetry in Britain and Ireland.

Pastoral Elegy in Contemporary British and Irish Poetry

Author: Iain Twiddy
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781441126979
Release Date: 2012-03-15
Genre: Literary Criticism

Defying critical suggestions that the pastoral elegy is obsolete, Iain Twiddy reveals the popularity of the form in the work of major contemporary poets Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes and Paul Muldoon, Michael Longley, Douglas Dunn and Peter Reading. As Twiddy outlines the development of the form, he identifies its characteristics and functions. But more importantly his study accounts for the enduring appeal of the pastoral elegy, why poets look to its conventions during times of personal distress and social disharmony, and how it allows them to recover from grief, loss and destruction. Informed by current debates and contemporary theories of mourning, Twiddy discusses themes of war and peace, social pastoral and environmental change, draws on the enduring influence of both Classical and Romantic poetics and explores poets' changing relationships with pastoral elegy throughout their careers. The result is a study that demonstrates why the pastoral elegy is still a flourishing and dynamic form in contemporary British and Irish poetry.


Author: Richard Caddel
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
ISBN: 0819522589
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Poetry

The most significant US anthology of innovative poetries from the UK and Ireland in over 25 years.

A Concise Companion to Postwar British and Irish Poetry

Author: Nigel Alderman
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118836019
Release Date: 2013-12-10
Genre: Literary Criticism

This volume introduces students to the most important figures,movements and trends in post-war British and Irish poetry. An historical overview and critical introduction to the poetrypublished in Britain and Ireland over the last half-century Introduces students to figures including Philip Larkin, TedHughes, Seamus Heaney, and Andrew Motion Takes an integrative approach, emphasizing the complexnegotiations between the British and Irish poetic traditions, andpulling together competing tendencies and positions Written by critics from Britain, Ireland, and the UnitedStates Includes suggestions for further reading and a chronology,detailing the most important writers, volumes and events

Contemporary British Poetry and the City

Author: Peter Barry
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 0719055946
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Literary Criticism

Though poets have always written about cities, the commonest critical categories have stressed the rural, so that poetry can seem irrelevant to a predominantly urban population. This book seeks to redress the balance by exploring work by a range of poets who reflect the contemporary urban scene.

In Black and Gold

Author: C. C. Barfoot
Publisher: Rodopi
ISBN: 9051836600
Release Date: 1994
Genre: Literary Criticism

In Black and Gold indicates that opposed styles of poetry reveal subterranean correspondences that occasionally meet and run together. Austerity or tomfoolery are two of the many valid responses to the human condition that create the contiguous traditions that cannot help touching and reacting to each other. The poetry discussed in this book deals with the relation of individuals to strange or to familiar landscapes, and what this means to their own sense of displacement or rootedness; with the use of history as an escape from or as a challenge to an apparently failing present; and with the role of nationalism either as a refuge for angry frustration, or as a weapon against the affronting world, or as an ambivalent loyalty that needs to be scoured, or as all three. Here we find poetry as a means of discovering true or false allegiances and valid or invalid public and private identities; poetry as a medium for exploring the uses of the demotic in confronting the breakdowns and injustices of modern democracy; poetry as play in the midst of private and public woe; poetry as a spiritual quest, as a spiritual scourging, as a wrestling with spiritual absences; and poetry as an intermittent and sporadic commemoration of the triumphs and delights of epiphanic encounters with the physical world.

The Cambridge Companion to Twentieth Century British and Irish Women s Poetry

Author: Jane Dowson
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139824859
Release Date: 2011-03-17
Genre: Literary Criticism

This Companion provides new ways of reading a wide range of influential women's poetry. Leading international scholars offer insights on a century of writers, drawing out the special function of poetry and the poets' use of language, whether it is concerned with the relationship between verbal and visual art, experimental poetics, war, landscape, history, cultural identity or 'confessional' lyrics. Collectively, the chapters cover well established and less familiar poets, from Edith Sitwell and Mina Loy, through Stevie Smith, Sylvia Plath and Elizabeth Jennings to Anne Stevenson, Eavan Boland and Jo Shapcott. They also include poets at the forefront of poetry trends, such as Liz Lochhead, Jackie Kay, Patience Agbabi, Caroline Bergvall, Medbh McGuckian and Carol Ann Duffy. With a chronology and guide to further reading, this book is aimed at students and poetry enthusiasts wanting to deepen their knowledge of some of the finest modern poets.

The Cambridge Introduction to Modern Irish Poetry 1800 2000

Author: Justin Quinn
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139469593
Release Date: 2008-04-07
Genre: Literary Criticism

Over the last two centuries, Ireland has produced some of the world's most outstanding and best-loved poets, from Thomas Moore to W. B. Yeats to Seamus Heaney. This introduction not only provides an essential overview of the history and development of poetry in Ireland, but also offers new approaches to aspects of the field. Justin Quinn argues that the language issues of Irish poetry have been misconceived and re-examines the divide between Gaelic and Anglophone poetry. Quinn suggests an alternative to both nationalist and revisionist interpretations and fundamentally challenges existing ideas of Irish poetry. This lucid book offers a rich contextual background against which to read the individual works, and pays close attention to the major poems and poets. Readers and students of Irish poetry will learn much from Quinn's sharp and critically acute account.

Anthology of Twentieth century British and Irish Poetry

Author: Keith Tuma
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0195128931
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Poetry

Collects over 450 works by such poets as Thomas Hardy, Catherine Walsh, W.H. Auden, Dylan Thomas, T. S. Eliot, and D.H Lawrence; and covers modernist traditions, black British poets, and avant-garde poetry.

Irish Poetry Since 1950

Author: John Goodby
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 071902997X
Release Date: 2000-12-15
Genre: History

Irish Poetry since 1950 is a survey of poetry, from Northern Ireland, the Republic, Britain, and the US. The five chapters of the book cover the 1950s, the 1960s, the early troubled period to 1976, the 1980s and the 1990s. Each poet is placed firmly within his or her historical and social contexts, with an emphasis on the response to the processes of modernization, the representation of violence, poetic form, and gender.

Civil Humor

Author: Stephen W. Delchamps
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
ISBN: 083863933X
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Literary Criticism

Individual chapters treat the poetry Ewart contributed to various "little magazines" during the 1930s and 1940s; references in Ewart's poems to poetic craft, audience, and tradition; and his handling of characteristic themes including place, the world of work, marriage and children, and death. A full chapter is devoted to the erotically charged poetry for which Ewart was probably best known; the author argues that the richness of this poetry arises from the dynamic interplay of two contrasting poetical personae."--BOOK JACKET.

An Anthology of Modern Irish Poetry

Author: Wes Davis
Publisher: Belknap Press
ISBN: 0674072227
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Poetry

Never before has there been a single-volume anthology of modern Irish poetry so significant and groundbreaking as An Anthology of Modern Irish Poetry. Collected here is a comprehensive representation of Irish poetic achievement in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, from poets such as Austin Clarke and Samuel Beckett who were writing while Yeats and Joyce were still living; to those who came of age in the turbulent âe(tm)60s as sectarian violence escalated, including Seamus Heaney and Michael Longley; to a new generation of Irish writers, represented by such diverse, interesting voices as David Wheatley (born 1970) and Sinéad Morrissey (born 1972).Scholar and editor Wes Davis has chosen work by more than fifty leading modern and contemporary Irish poets. Each poet is represented by a generous number of poems (there are nearly 800 poems in the anthology). The editorâe(tm)s selection includes work by world-renowned poets, including a couple of Nobel Prize winners, as well as work by poets whose careers may be less well known to the general public; by poets writing in English; and by several working in the Irish language (Gaelic selections appear in translation). Accompanying the selections are a general introduction that provides a historical overview, informative short essays on each poet, and helpful notesâe"all prepared by the editor.

Aristophanes 3

Author: Aristophanes
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 0812216989
Release Date: 1999-07-28
Genre: Drama

"Directness, vivid imagery, and rhetorical music prevail."--