Studies in Irish Gaelic Poetry

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBelfast
PublisherAppletree Press
Number of pages108
ISBN (Print)978-1-84758-152-5
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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