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Out of What Began: History of Irish Poetry in English [Hardcover]

Gregory A. Schirmer
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  • Hardcover: 426 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press (5 Nov 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080143498X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801434983
  • Product Dimensions: 3.6 x 15.6 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,073,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This study traces the development of a distinctive tradition of Irish poetry over the course of three centuries. Beginning with Jonathan Swift in the early 18th century and concluding with such contemporary poets as Seamus Heaney and Eavan Boland, the author looks at the work of nearly 100 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 he feels 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 which continues to be torn by sectarian violence.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The End Product is Well-researched 5 Feb 2004
With its rich selection of poetic voices, ‘Out of What Began’ reveals the political, social and religious diversity of Irish culture.
This is the first detailed book of its kind and a must for those studying Irish poetry or interested in the history of this literary form.
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