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Out of What Began: A History of Irish Poetry in English Hardcover – November 1, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0801434983 ISBN-10: 080143498X Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 426 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1 edition (November 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080143498X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801434983
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 6.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,705,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this first book of its kind, Schirmer (English, Univ. of Mississippi) focuses on poetry composed in English by a broad range of Irish writers from the 18th through 20th centuries. The title is a quotation from Yeats, who figures prominently here. Arranged chronologically, the work covers the expected "stars"?Swift, Goldsmith, Mangan, Synge, Colum, Stephens, Montague, and Heaney (but, surprisingly, not Joyce)?as well as numerous lesser-known but worthy writers, including Ireland's many women poets. Given the complexity of the Irish situation, the book fittingly addresses history, politics, culture, and religion as the backdrop for literature, and Schirmer is sensitive to the tension between the English and Irish languages and poetic styles. Stressing common themes like exile and national identity, he concludes that a "sense of ambiguity and discontinuity" characterizes the poetry. Highly recommended for academic and larger public libraries.?Denise J. Stankovics, Rockville P.L., Vernon, CT
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