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Repossessions: Selected Essays on the Irish Literary Heritage
Repossessions: Selected Essays on the Irish Literary Heritage

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Authors: Sean Ó Tuama
Publication Year: Softback 1995
Pages: 294
Size: 230 x 160mm

ISBN: 9781859180457


Repossessions is an exceptional achievement, illustrating as it does the work of a uniquely gifted poet and literary scholar. Professor Ó Tuama was responsible for the revival of interest in Irish literature in the 70s and 80s and is well known in Ireland and America for his original thinking and accessible approach to literary subjects in Irish. Although he has published widely in Irish language journals and has edited with Thomas Kinsella the highly acclaimed An Duanaire/Poems of the Dispossessed, and has authored several collections of poetry and several plays in Irish, this is the first time that the full breadth of his criticism has been made available in English. The collection is geared to students and readers interested in the heritage of Irish poetry, and to the non-specialist. For that reason the collection begins with the context of seventeenth and eighteenth century poetry, with essays on Brian Merriman, the renowned Lament for Art O'Leary, the world of Aogan Ó Rathaille, and the crisis in Gaelic culture. The collection then moves backwards in time to examine in detail the European context of Irish love poetry from the thirteenth century through to the mid-seventeenth century. With this as background Ó Tuama moves forward then to look at the work of Sean Ó Riordain, and Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill, highlighting the continuity of themes and ending with a close reading of three Irish lyrics by Mairtin Ó Direain, Sean Ó Riordain, and a poem collected by Douglas Hyde from an old woman living in County Roscommon. The final section of the collection draws together various pieces by Ó Tuama on more general themes such as the celebration of place in Irish writing, the influence of Daniel Corkery, and of Synge on the development of Irish literature during the twentieth century. This is an invaluable text for anyone who wishes to understand Ireland's literary heritage.

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