Out of what Began: A History of Irish Poetry in English

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Cornell University Press, 1998 - 426 páginas
The first book of its kind, Out of What Began traces the development of a distinctive tradition of Irish poetry over the course of three centuries. Beginning with Jonathan Swift in the early eighteenth century and concluding with such contemporary poets as Seamus Heaney and Eavan Boland, Gregory A. Schirmer looks at the work of nearly a hundred poets. Considering the evolving political and social environments in which they lived and wrote, Schirmer shows how Irish poetry and culture have come to be shaped by the struggle to define Irish identity.

Schirmer includes a large number of accomplished poets who have been unjustly neglected in standard accounts of Irish literature; many of these writers are women, whose work has been kept in the shadows cast by that of well-known male poets. He also emphasizes the importance of political poetry in a country that continues to be torn by sectarian violence. With its rich selection of poetic voices, Out of What Began reveals the political, social, and religious diversity of Irish culture.

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Introduction
3
Beyond and Within the Pale
33
Goldsmith and the Beginnings of Romanticism
42
Political Poetry at the End of the Century
55
Epilogue The Other Ireland
63
Introduction
69
Ireland Translated
81
Ireland Anglicized
116
Other Visions and Revisions
231
Introduction
267
Yeats
273
Exits from the Revival
283
New Perspectives at Midcentury
301
Women Poets after the Revival
319
The North
329
Toward Contemporary Poetry
340

Ireland Politicized
134
Introduction
163
Gael Gall and Peasant
169
Celticism and Romanticism
177
Celticism and Feminism
194
Early Yeats
220
Some Observations on Contemporary Poetry in Ireland
352
Notes
365
Bibliography
405
Index
417
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