- Hardcover: 600 pages
- Publisher: Harvard University Press (5 Mar. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0674049519
- ISBN-13: 978-0674049512
- Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 17 x 5.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,207,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Anthology of Modern Irish Poetry Hardcover – 5 Mar 2010
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The book includes upwards of 50 poets--and there's not a dull page in it. Editor Wes Davis's selection is judicious, while his introduction and notes are as informative as they are brief. -- Richard Tillinghast Wall Street Journal 20100424 An incredible bargain, this beautifully produced book (the spacious creamy pages are a great comfort to screen-weary eyeballs), with compact introduction and judicious notes by the editor, has a gem on every page. -- Tom D'Evelyn Providence Journal 20100606 This is a book to be grateful for. -- Robert Gray The Australian 20100901
About the Author
Wes Davis is a former assistant professor of English at Yale University. He has written on British and American literature for publications ranging from the Southwest Review and Parnassus to the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
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I will not quibble about the selection itself. Anthologies are always subjective by nature. Suffice it to say that fans of Irish poetry will enjoy this book which has been very handsomely done up by the publisher.
My only real quibble is with the introductions to each poet provided by the editor. These are embedded in the text and immediatly proceed the entries of the represented author. The editorial comments are so heavily laden with jargon that readers are frequently reminded of a cardinal virtue of poetry: less is more.
One example should suffice. Describing a poem by Sarah Berkeley the editor writes: "The personification throughout the poem embodies Berkeley's eco-romanticism in the bony particulars of an environment that articulates its relationship to human life through human technology." Whew. The poem being described (p. 865) has a grand total of two words with three syllables. The rest of the poem uses only one and two syllable words.
Still, the introductions may always be skimmed over or ignored entirely.