Field Work

Faber Modern Classics


Author: Seamus Heaney

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780571331185

Category: Irish poetry

Page: 80

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Seamus Heaney was 'the greatest poet of our age' (Guardian). From his remarkable debut in 1966, he pioneered the poetry of our times across five decades of cultural and political change, and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995. Field Work, his fifth volume, from 1979, is a collection of poems that were among the finest he would ever write. Inspired by the four years that Heaney and his family spent in rural County Wicklow after leaving the violence of Belfast, Field Work is one of the poet's most celebrated volumes. The collection contains some of his best-loved poems, 'Oysters', 'Casualty', 'The Otter', 'The Strand at Lough Beg', and 'The Skunk', as well as his defining sequence 'Glanmore Sonnets'.

In the Chair

Interviews with Poets from the North of Ireland


Author: John Brown

Publisher: Salmon Publishing

ISBN: 9781903392218

Category: Poetry

Page: 333

View: 2072

All of the poets interviewed in this collection are from Northern Ireland, all were born after 1920, and each has published at least one volume of poetry. Arranged chronologically by each poet's date of birth, this collection deals with an impressive

Poetry Today

A Critical Guide to British Poetry 1960-1995


Author: Anthony Thwaite

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134961618

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 196

View: 7276

This is the most authoritative and up to date survey of contemporary British poetry 1960-1995. It is the third version but second edition published by Longman of a successful survey that first appeared 30 years ago, and provides a succinct and accessible overview of British poets, movements and themes, ideal for English courses and the general reader alike.

The Arts in the 1970s

Cultural Closure


Author: Dr Bart Moore-Gilbert,Bart Moore-Gilbert

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113485837X

Category: Social Science

Page: 324

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Were the 1970s really `the devils decade'? Images of strikes, galloping inflation, rising unemployment and bitter social divisions evoke a period of unparalleled economic decline, political confrontation and social fragmentation. But how significant were the pessimism and self-doubt of the 1970s, and what was the legacy of its cultural conflicts? Covering the entire spectrum of the arts - drama, television, film, poetry, the novel, popular music, dance, cinema and the visual arts - The Arts in the 1970s challenges received perceptions of the decade as one of cultural decline. The collection breaks new ground in providing the first detailed analysis of the cultural production of the decade as a whole, providing an invaluable resource for all those involved in cultural, media and communications studies.

Autobiographical Poetry in England and Spain, 1950-1980

Narrating Oneself in Verse


Author: Menotti Lerro

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443874841

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 235

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The volume traces the founding critical theories of the autobiographical genre, from the Enlightenment period to the most recent developments, which, since the Sixties and the essays of Roy Pascal and Jean Starobinski, have had a greater and greater influence. It offers – in contrast to the essential, and by now classic, definition of Philippe Lejeune – an increased effectiveness of the poem to express the narrative purposes of autobiography, recognizing poetic writing that has the extraordinary ability to say what “the mortal language does not say,” to quote Leopardi. The works of Seamus Heaney, Thom Gunn, Carlos Barral and Jaime Gil de Biedma are analyzed here, and show an unveiling of the self through memories, places and objects that often characterize them and that allow, to whomever recalls one’s own experience through writing, the recovery and restoration of essential meanings to the reconstruction not only of subjective identity, but also of one’s own community.

Northern Irish Poetry and Theology


Author: G. McConnell

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137343842

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 261

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Northern Irish Poetry and Theology argues that theology shapes subjectivity, language and poetic form, and provides original studies of three internationally acclaimed poets: Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley and Derek Mahon.

The Chosen ground

essays on the contemporary poetry of Northern Ireland


Author: Neil Corcoran

Publisher: N.A


Category: History

Page: 288

View: 9684

For more than twenty years poetry from Northern Ireland has been amongst the most exciting in Britain. Beginning with Seamus Heaney a wave of young poets has explored the political situation there in invigorating and inventive style. The Chosen Ground explores this poetry, and in particular the dual Irish and British context which lies at its heart. How does this hybrid heritage influence poets like Mahon, Muldoon and Montague? Is the term 'Irish Poet' a valid one? What does Michael Longley mean by the often recurring word 'home'? How do Heaney's terms 'place and displacement' apply to his own work? Is Paulin's development of cultural analysis in poetry an effective response? This book offers new readings of poetry from Northern Ireland. It looks, also, behind the accepted literary-historical context for further, illuminating entries into the poetry, from the classicism of Ovid to the theories of postmodernism.

The Oxford Handbook of William Wordsworth


Author: Richard Gravil,Daniel Robinson

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191019658

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 650

View: 9681

The Oxford Handbook of William Wordsworth deploys its forty-eight original essays, by an international team of scholar-critics, to present a stimulating account of Wordsworth's life and achievement and to map new directions in criticism. Nineteen essays explore the highlights of a long career systematically, giving special prominence to the lyric Wordsworth of Lyrical Ballads and the Poems in Two Volumes and to the blank verse poet of 'The Recluse'. Most of the other essays return to the poetry while exploring other dimensions of the life and work of the major Romantic poet. The result is a dialogic exploration of many major texts and problems in Wordsworth scholarship. This uniquely comprehensive handbook is structured so as to present, in turn, Wordsworth's life, career, and networks; aspects of the major lyrical and narrative poetry; components of 'The Recluse'; his poetical inheritance and his transformation of poetics; the variety of intellectual influences upon his work, from classical republican thought to modern science; his shaping of modern culture in such fields as gender, landscape, psychology, ethics, politics, religion and ecology; and his 19th- and 20th-century reception-most importantly by poets, but also in modern criticism and scholarship.

Poetry Please: Love Poems


Author: Various Poets

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571323960

Category: Poetry

Page: 208

View: 1122

'What will survive of us is love.' In this new anthology poets from across the ages lead us on a journey of love in its many forms. From Shakespeare to Rossetti, Keats to Auden, Byron to Browning an beyond, as well as a host of contemporary voices including Wendy Cope, Simon Armitage and Carol Ann Duffy, this new gathering of timeless love poems speaks to the heart about this most universal of themes. Whether in marriage or heartbreak, friendship or infatuation, whether in pursuit of the unattainable ideal or else settling down together for life, whether in love or out of it, you will find poems here to touch the heart. A vital assembly of our most treasured and enduring love poems.

Talking with Poets


Author: Harry Thomas

Publisher: Other PressLlc


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 137

View: 491

"The poets take up a great range of matters in the interviews - the nature of artistic creation, the varieties and difficulties of poetic translation, poetry and politics, religion, popular culture, the contemporary readership for poetry, and the experience of living as a poet in a country not your own. They speak with passionate knowledge of a number of writers, including Eliot, Joyce, Rilke, Brodsky, Pound, Ovid, Dante, Ralegh, Wordsworth, Keats, Mandelstam, and Wilde. One of the delights of reading these interviews is to observe the poets responding to the same matter - for instance, Seamus Heaney speaking of Robert Pinsky's translation of Czeslaw Milosz's great poem, "The World," and Robert Pinsky speaking at length of Seamus Heaney's essay, in his book The Government of the Tongue, on Pinsky's translation. This is an intimate look into the minds of five of our most celebrated contemporary poets, and an invigorating meditation on some of our most human concerns."--BOOK JACKET.


The Literary Agenda


Author: David Constantine

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191653756

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 160

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The Literary Agenda is a series of short polemical monographs about the importance of literature and of reading in the wider world and about the state of literary education inside schools and universities. The category of 'the literary' has always been contentious. What is clear, however, is how increasingly it is dismissed or is unrecognised as a way of thinking or an arena for thought. It is sceptically challenged from within, for example, by the sometimes rival claims of cultural history, contextualized explanation, or media studies. It is shaken from without by even greater pressures: by economic exigency and the severe social attitudes that can follow from it; by technological change that may leave the traditional forms of serious human communication looking merely antiquated. For just these reasons this is the right time for renewal, to start reinvigorated work into the meaning and value of literary reading. In this fascinating addition to the Literary Agenda series, David Constantine argues that poetry matters. It matters for individuals and for the society they are members of. He asserts that poetry is not for the few but for the many, and belongs and can only thrive among them, speaks of and to their concerns. Poetry considers both the writing and the reading of poetry, which Constantine views as kindred activities. He examines what goes into the writing of a poem and considers what good there is in reading it. Constantine also considers translation, arguing that great benefit comes to the native language from dealings with the foreign; also, that all reading is a form of translation - of texts into the lives we lead. Altogether, Poetry is an attempt, with many quotations, to show how poetry works, what its responsibilities are, and how it may help us in our real circumstances now.

Knowing One's Place in Contemporary Irish and Polish Poetry

Zagajewski, Mahon, Heaney, Hartwig


Author: Magdalena Kay

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1441178430

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

View: 7436

Are we allowed to choose where we belong? What pressures make us feel that we should belong somewhere? This book brings together four major poets-Heaney, Mahon, Zagajewski, and Hartwig-who ask themselves these questions throughout their lives. They start by assuming that we can choose not to belong, but know this is easier said than done. Something in them is awry, leading them to travel, emigrate, and return dissatisfied with all forms of belonging. Writer after writer has suggested that Polish and Irish literature bear some uncanny similarities, particularly in the 20th century, but few have explored these similarities in depth. Ireland and Poland, with their tangled histories of colonization, place a large premium upon knowing one's place. What happens, though, when a poet makes a career out of refusing to know her place in the way her culture expects? This book explores the consequences of this refusal, allowing these poets to answer such questions through their own poems, leading to surprising conclusions about the connection of knowledge and belonging, roots and identity.

Edward Thomas

A Mirror of England


Author: Jacek Wiśniewski

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443802468

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 360

View: 7293

Edward Thomas volunteered when he was 37 years old and a father of three and was killed, as an artillery officer, during the first hour of the Arras offensive, on April 9th, 1917. In the two years before his death, he wrote the 144 poems which ensured a place for him among the poets of his generation. Though all his poems had been written OC under stormOCOs wingOCO, Thomas was not a war poet in the sense that Owen, Sassoon or Rosenberg were war poets. Before he turned to poetry in December 1914, he..."

Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century British and American War Literature


Author: Adam Piette

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748653937

Category: History

Page: 600

View: 5516

The first reference book to deal so fully and incisively with the cultural representations of war in 20th-century English and US literature and film. The volume covers the two World Wars as well as specific conflicts that generated literary and imaginativ

Selected Poems of Edward Thomas


Author: Edward Thomas

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571278965

Category: Poetry

Page: 224

View: 9804

When Edward Thomas was killed at the Battle of Arras in 1917 his poems were largely unpublished. But in the years since his death, his work has come to be cherished for its rare, sustained vision of the natural world and as 'a mirror of England' (Walter de la Mare). This edition, drawn from Thomas's manuscripts and typescripts as well as from his published works, offers an accessible introduction to this most resonant - and relevant - of poets. 'In his lifetime, he was known and loved by a very, loving few. Now, since his death, he is known and loved by very many, and yearly this is more so. There is in his poems and unassumingly profound sense of permanence. A war came and ditched him, but his poems stay with no other wounds than those which caused them.' Dylan Thomas 'A very fine poet. And a poet all in his own right. The accent is absolutely his own.' Robert Frost 'The one hundred and forty poems he wrote in the last two years of his life are a miracle. I can think of no body of work in English that is more mysterious.' Michael Longley

Horsepower pass by!

a study of the car in the poetry of Seamus Heaney


Author: Medbh McGuckian

Publisher: N.A


Category: Automobiles in literature

Page: 36

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Seamus Heaney and Medieval Poetry


Author: Conor McCarthy

Publisher: DS Brewer

ISBN: 9781843841418

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 195

View: 1382

First examination of the use made by Seamus Heaney of medieval poetry in his translations and adaptations, including the acclaimed Beowulf.

Burns and Other Poets


Author: David Sergeant

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748650865

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

View: 2005

Focuses on Robert Burns's achievements as a poet and his special place in Scottish, English and Irish literary culture since the 18th century. Contributors include leading poet-critics such as award-winning Burns author Robert Crawford & Douglas Dunn,

Seamus Heaney


Author: Ronald Tamplin

Publisher: N.A


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 114

View: 8626