Irish poets have produced some of the most exciting poetry in contemporary literature over the last fifty years. In addition to providing a unique introduction to major figures such as Seamus Heaney, this Companion introduces the reader to significant precursors such as Louis MacNeice or Patrick Kavanagh, as well as vital contemporaries and successors (including among others, Thomas Kinsella, Paul Muldoon and Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill.) The volume includes a chronology and guide to further reading and will prove invaluable to students and teachers.
Ireland in poetry : 1999, 1949, 1969 / Matthew Campbell -- From Irish mode to modernisation : the poetry of Austin Clarke / John Goodby -- Patrick Kavanagh and antipastoral / Jonathan Allison -- Louis MacNeice : irony and responsibility / Peter McDonald -- Irish modernists and their legacy / Alex Davis -- Poetry of the 1960s : the 'Northern Ireland Renaissance' / Fran Brearton. Violence in Seamus Heaney's poetry / Dillon Johnston -- Mahon and Longley : place and placelessness / Terence Brown -- Between two languages : poetry in Irish, English and Irish English / Frank Sewell -- Boland, McGuckian, Ní Chuilleanáin and the body of the nation / Guinn Batten -- Sonnets, centos and long lines : Muldoon, Paulin, McGuckian and Carson / Shane Murphy -- Performance and dissent : Irish poets in the public sphere / Lucy Collins -- Irish poets and the world / Robert Faggen -- Irish poetry into the twenty-first century / David Wheatley.