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Poetry in Modern Ireland: Where Postcolonial and Postmodern Part Ways

Poetry in Modern Ireland: Where Postcolonial and Postmodern Part Ways Poetry in Modern Ireland: Where Postcolonial and Postmodern Part Ways Christina Hunt Mahony The Comparatist, Volume 20, May 1996, pp. 82-92 (Article) Published by The University of North Carolina Press DOI: https://doi.org/10.1353/com.1996.0005 For additional information about this article https://muse.jhu.edu/article/415112/summary Access provided at 18 Feb 2020 11:14 GMT from JHU Libraries POETRY IN MODERN IRELAND: WHERE POSTCOLONIAL AND POSTMODERN PART WAYS Christina Hunt Mahony This paper is not about the Uterary burden of the past, but rather about four middle-aged male, canonical poets writing in Ireland today and the poems they have written occasioned by the death of their (biological) fathers. Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley, Thomas KinseUa and Paul Durcan were aU born between 1927 and 1944, and thus are no longer young men. Each of them has been composing elegiac poems for his father which have become more complex with the aging perspective of their authors, and are weighted even more heavüy by the association of the death of the father with the death of tradition in Ireland. These four poets are members of a poetic generation in Ireland which is the first to face the fuU impUcations of modernity there. They are Ireland's modernists—not the displaced generation represented http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

Poetry in Modern Ireland: Where Postcolonial and Postmodern Part Ways

The Comparatist , Volume 20 – Oct 3, 2012

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University of North Carolina Press
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Poetry in Modern Ireland: Where Postcolonial and Postmodern Part Ways Christina Hunt Mahony The Comparatist, Volume 20, May 1996, pp. 82-92 (Article) Published by The University of North Carolina Press DOI: https://doi.org/10.1353/com.1996.0005 For additional information about this article https://muse.jhu.edu/article/415112/summary Access provided at 18 Feb 2020 11:14 GMT from JHU Libraries POETRY IN MODERN IRELAND: WHERE POSTCOLONIAL AND POSTMODERN PART WAYS Christina Hunt Mahony This paper is not about the Uterary burden of the past, but rather about four middle-aged male, canonical poets writing in Ireland today and the poems they have written occasioned by the death of their (biological) fathers. Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley, Thomas KinseUa and Paul Durcan were aU born between 1927 and 1944, and thus are no longer young men. Each of them has been composing elegiac poems for his father which have become more complex with the aging perspective of their authors, and are weighted even more heavüy by the association of the death of the father with the death of tradition in Ireland. These four poets are members of a poetic generation in Ireland which is the first to face the fuU impUcations of modernity there. They are Ireland's modernists—not the displaced generation represented

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The ComparatistUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Oct 3, 2012

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