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.
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Place of PublicationBelfast
Number of pages108
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Benito Mussolini
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Stuart, Oswald Spengler: A Critical Estimate (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1952) Joyce, James, The Essential James Joyce, ed. by Harry Levin (London: Jonathan Cape, 1950) ——Ulysses (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1969) Keogh, Dermot, Twentieth Century Ireland: Nation and State (Dublin: Gill and Macmillan, 1994) Kavanagh, Patrick, Collected Poems (London: MacGibbon and Kee, 1964) —— Collected Pruse [sic] (London: Macgibbon and Kee, 1967) —— Collected Pruse [sic], 2nd edn (London: Martin Brian and O’Keefe, 1973) —— Collected Poems, ed. by Antoinette Quinn (London: Penguin, 2005) Keogh, Dermot, Twentieth Century Ireland: Nation and State (Dublin: Gill and Macmillan, 1994) Lamoss, Colleen, Deviant Modernism: Sexual and Textual Errancy in T.S. Eliot, James Joyce and Marcel Proust (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998) Mac Giolla L{\'e}ith, Caoimh{\'i}n (ed.), Cime mar Ch{\'a}ch: Aist{\'i} ar Mh{\'a}irt{\'i}n {\'O} Dire{\'a}in (Dublin: Coisc{\'e}im, 1993) MacNeice, Louis, Collected Poems (London: Faber and Faber, 1979, repr. 1986) Muldoon, Paul (ed.), The Faber Book of Contemporary Irish Poetry (London: Faber and Faber, 1986) ——‘The Point of Poetry’, Princeton University Library Chronicle, Vol. LIX, No. 3, Spring 1998, 503–16 n.a., ‘1945: Italian partisans kill Mussolini’, <http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/april/28/newsid_3564000/3564529.stm>, accessed 1 Nov. 2013 n.a., ‘1945: Benito Mussolini, his mistress, and his aides’, <http://www.executedtoday.com/2008/04/28/1945-benito-mussolini-his-mistress-and-his-aides/>, accessed 1 Nov. 2013 n.a., ‘Gun that killed Mussolini shown’, BBC News Channel, <http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/3539272.stm>, accessed 1 Nov. 2013 n.a., ‘Wislawa Szymborska, 1923–2012’ <http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/szymbor.htm>, accessed 1 Nov. 2013 Nelson, John W., ‘The Twilight of Italian Fascism’, <http://www.enterstageright.com/archive/articles/0105/0105mussolini.htm>, accessed 1 Nov. 2013. N{\'i} Dhomhnaill, Nuala, The Astrakhan Cloak (Oldcastle: Gallery Press, 1992) N{\'i} Loingsigh, M{\'a}ir{\'e}ad (ed.), Tar {\'E}is a Bh{\'a}is: Aist{\'i} ar She{\'a}n {\'O} R{\'i}ord{\'a}in (Indreabh{\'a}n: Cl{\'o} Iar-Chonnacht, 2008) {\'O} Coile{\'a}in, Se{\'a}n, Se{\'a}n {\'O} R{\'i}ord{\'a}in: Beatha agus Saothar (Dublin: An Cl{\'o}chomhar, 1982, 1985) {\'O} Dire{\'a}in, M{\'a}irt{\'i}n, Feamainn Bhealtaine (Dublin: An Cl{\'o}chomhar, 1961, 1971) —— Na D{\'a}nta (Indreabh{\'a}n: Cl{\'o} Iar-Chonnacht, 2010) {\'O} D{\'o}naill, Niall (ed.), Focl{\'o}ir Gaeilge-B{\'e}arla (Dublin: Oifig an tSol{\'a}thair, 1977) O’Driscoll, Dennis, Stepping Stones: Interviews with Seamus Heaney (London: Faber and Faber, 2008) O'Flaherty, Tom, Aranmen All (Dublin: The Sign of the Three Candles, 1934) {\'O} R{\'i}ord{\'a}in, Se{\'a}n, Brosna (Dublin: S{\'a}irs{\'e}al - {\'O} Marcaigh, 1964, 1982) ——Na D{\'a}nta (Indreabh{\'a}n: Cl{\'o} Iar-Chonnacht, 2011) ——Selected Poems, ed. Frank Sewell (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2014) {\'O} Searcaigh, Cathal, An Bealach ’na Bhaile / Homecoming (Indreabh{\'a}n: Cl{\'o} Iar-Chonnacht, 1993) {\'O} Tuairisc, Eoghan (ed), Rogha an Fhile / The Poet’s Choice, (Dublin: Goldsmith Press, 1974) Power, Arthur, From the Old Waterford House (Waterford: Carthage Press, 1940) Rosenstock, Gabriel, Nihil Obstat (Dublin: Coisc{\'e}im, 1984) —— Or{\'a}ist{\'i}: Rogha D{\'a}nta agus D{\'a}nta Nua (Indreabh{\'a}n: Cl{\'o} Iar-Chonnacht, 1991) —— Sy{\'o}j{\'o} (Indreabh{\'a}n: Cl{\'o} Iar-Chonnacht, 2001) —— {\'O}lann mo Mhi{\'u}il as an nGains{\'e}is (Indreabh{\'a}n: Cl{\'o} Iar-Chonnacht, 2003) —— Rogha D{\'a}nta: Selected Poems, trans. by Paddy Bushe (Indreabh{\'a}n: Cl{\'o} Iar-Chonnacht, 2005) Rylance, Rick (ed.), Debating Texts: a Reader in Twentieth-Century Literary Theory and Method, 3rd edn. (Milton Keynes: Open University Press, 1987, 1990) Spengler, Oswald, trans. Charles Francis Atkinson, The Decline of the West 1: Form and Actuality (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1926); 2: Perspectives of World History (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1928) Szymborska, Wislawa, Nothing Twice: Selected Poems, trans. by S. Baranczak and C. Cavanagh (Krak{\'o}w: Wydawnictwo Literackie, 1997) Tanner, Tony (ed.), Ralph Waldo Emerson: Essays and Poems (London: J. M. Dent Ltd. / Everyman Library, 1992) Sewell, Frank, Modern Irish Poetry: A New Alhambra (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000) Tobin, Fergal, The Best of Decades (Dublin: Gill and Macmillan, 1984) Yeats, W. B., W. B. Yeats: Collected Poems, ed. by Augustine Martin (London: Vintage, 1990, 1992) Zwick, Robert, (dir.), Defiance, (Paramount Vantage, 2008)",
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Studies in Irish Gaelic Poetry. / Sewell, Frank.

Belfast, 2013. 108 p.

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Stuart, Oswald Spengler: A Critical Estimate (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1952) Joyce, James, The Essential James Joyce, ed. by Harry Levin (London: Jonathan Cape, 1950) ——Ulysses (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1969) Keogh, Dermot, Twentieth Century Ireland: Nation and State (Dublin: Gill and Macmillan, 1994) Kavanagh, Patrick, Collected Poems (London: MacGibbon and Kee, 1964) —— Collected Pruse [sic] (London: Macgibbon and Kee, 1967) —— Collected Pruse [sic], 2nd edn (London: Martin Brian and O’Keefe, 1973) —— Collected Poems, ed. by Antoinette Quinn (London: Penguin, 2005) Keogh, Dermot, Twentieth Century Ireland: Nation and State (Dublin: Gill and Macmillan, 1994) Lamoss, Colleen, Deviant Modernism: Sexual and Textual Errancy in T.S. Eliot, James Joyce and Marcel Proust (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998) Mac Giolla Léith, Caoimhín (ed.), Cime mar Chách: Aistí ar Mháirtín Ó Direáin (Dublin: Coiscéim, 1993) MacNeice, Louis, Collected Poems (London: Faber and Faber, 1979, repr. 1986) Muldoon, Paul (ed.), The Faber Book of Contemporary Irish Poetry (London: Faber and Faber, 1986) ——‘The Point of Poetry’, Princeton University Library Chronicle, Vol. LIX, No. 3, Spring 1998, 503–16 n.a., ‘1945: Italian partisans kill Mussolini’, <http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/april/28/newsid_3564000/3564529.stm>, accessed 1 Nov. 2013 n.a., ‘1945: Benito Mussolini, his mistress, and his aides’, <http://www.executedtoday.com/2008/04/28/1945-benito-mussolini-his-mistress-and-his-aides/>, accessed 1 Nov. 2013 n.a., ‘Gun that killed Mussolini shown’, BBC News Channel, <http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/3539272.stm>, accessed 1 Nov. 2013 n.a., ‘Wislawa Szymborska, 1923–2012’ <http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/szymbor.htm>, accessed 1 Nov. 2013 Nelson, John W., ‘The Twilight of Italian Fascism’, <http://www.enterstageright.com/archive/articles/0105/0105mussolini.htm>, accessed 1 Nov. 2013. Ní Dhomhnaill, Nuala, The Astrakhan Cloak (Oldcastle: Gallery Press, 1992) Ní Loingsigh, Máiréad (ed.), Tar Éis a Bháis: Aistí ar Sheán Ó Ríordáin (Indreabhán: Cló Iar-Chonnacht, 2008) Ó Coileáin, Seán, Seán Ó Ríordáin: Beatha agus Saothar (Dublin: An Clóchomhar, 1982, 1985) Ó Direáin, Máirtín, Feamainn Bhealtaine (Dublin: An Clóchomhar, 1961, 1971) —— Na Dánta (Indreabhán: Cló Iar-Chonnacht, 2010) Ó Dónaill, Niall (ed.), Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla (Dublin: Oifig an tSoláthair, 1977) O’Driscoll, Dennis, Stepping Stones: Interviews with Seamus Heaney (London: Faber and Faber, 2008) O'Flaherty, Tom, Aranmen All (Dublin: The Sign of the Three Candles, 1934) Ó Ríordáin, Seán, Brosna (Dublin: Sáirséal - Ó Marcaigh, 1964, 1982) ——Na Dánta (Indreabhán: Cló Iar-Chonnacht, 2011) ——Selected Poems, ed. 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