Michael Allen

Michael Allen

Close Readings: Essays on Irish Poetry

eBook - 2015
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The late Michael Allen was one of the most authoritative critical voices on poetry in the north of Ireland. Intimately part of the North's poetic movement since the early 1960s, Allen taught at Queen's University where he was a colleague of Seamus Heaney, who affectionately called him 'the reader over my shoulder.' Allen's precision and subtlety as a poetry critic makes him a figure of considerable importance in the field of Irish literary criticism, and a vital presence in the cultural and literary life of Northern Ireland. This collection of Allen's critical writings - on Kavanagh, MacNeice, Heaney, Mahon, McGuckian, and Muldoon - also publishes for the first time Allen's final work, a ground-breaking study of the dynamics of Michael Longley's extraordinary career. This fittingly completes the special, often surprising, perspective on modern Irish poetry that Michael Allen's essays collectively constitute, and is indispensable reading for all those interested in the development of Irish poetry. *** Librarians: ebook available on ProQuest and EBSCO [Subject: Literary Criticism, Poetry, Irish Studies]

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Brearton has collected essays on Irish poetry by critic Allen from 1975 to 2004 and the manuscript "Doubles, Twins and the Feminine Development in the Poetry of Michael Longley," which he had completed when he died in 2011 but is first published here. Among the essays are provincialism and recent Irish poetry: the important of Patrick Kavanagh, the poetry of Medbh McGuckian, The Haw Lantern and its place in Heaney's development, rhythm and revision in Mahon's poetic development, and rhyme and reconciliation in Muldoon. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

Publisher: Sallins [Ireland] :, Irish Academic Press,, 2015
ISBN: 9780716533061
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Brearton, Fran - Editor


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