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Studies in Irish Gaeilic Poetry

Sewell, Frank (2013) Studies in Irish Gaeilic Poetry. Appletree Press. Belfast. 108 pp ISBN 978-1-84758-152-5 [Book (authored)]

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In these critical studies of modern and contemporary Irish-language poetry, literary critic and translator Frank Sewell explores the work of Máirtín Ó Direáin, Seán Ó Ríordáin, and Gabriel Rosenstock, and also selects and freshly translates ten poems by Cathal Ó Searcaigh. Chapter one focuses mostly on Ó Direáin’s poems after Ár Ré Dhearóil (1962), which have been comparatively neglected, and examines pointedly recurring images and themes in the Aran poet’s later work. Turning to Ó Ríordáin, chapter two provides a useful introduction to the poet’s oeuvre and identifies his seven main themes. Next, taking Rosenstock’s poem ‘Mussolini ag dul ar Neamh’ [‘Mussolini going to Heaven’] as an example of why poetry matters in itself and in (what Seamus Heaney calls) our ‘human chain’, chapter three examines this apparently minor poem in relation to the poet’s work as a whole, to comparable works by others, and to Heaney’s concept of the possible ‘redress of poetry’. Finally, Donegal poet Ó Searcaigh is here represented not with a critical essay but with a new selection of ten of his poems accompanied by fresh translations which have never before been gathered in one publication.

Item Type:Book (authored)
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts > School of English and History
Faculty of Arts
Research Institutes and Groups:Irish and Celtic Studies Research Institute
ID Code:28385
Deposited By: Dr Frank Sewell
Deposited On:14 Jan 2014 11:28
Last Modified:14 Jan 2014 11:28

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