Michael Allen

Michael Allen

Close Readings: Essays on Irish Poetry

eBook - 2015
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Michael Allen was a member of the famous 'Belfast Group' of Ulster poets in the 1960s, and was one of the most authoritative critical voices on poetry in the North of Ireland until his death in 2011. Intimately part of the North's poetic movement, Allen taught at Queen's University, where he was tutor to Paul Muldoon and a colleague of Seamus Heaney. His precision and subtlety as a poetry critic - and that he was the friend and mentor of poets in Belfast for nearly 50 years - made him a significant figure in the broader field of Irish literary criticism and a vital presence in the cultural and literary life of Northern Ireland. This important book collects Michael Allen's critical writings - on Kavanagh, MacNeice, Heaney, Mahon, McGuckian, and Muldoon - and presents, for the first time, his 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 Allen's collected essays constitute, and it will be indispensable reading for anyone interested in the development of Irish poetry during the 20th century by the man Seamus Heaney called 'the reader over my shoulder.' *** 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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