Acknowledgements

Firstly, my immense gratitude to both editors of the series, Martin Halliwell and Andy Mousley, for their original interest and subsequent support for this project. Their patience, alert editorial eye and encouragement were appreciated throughout. I would also like to thank the work of Jackie Jones and staff at Edinburgh University Press.

Thanks go to colleagues at the School of English, Drama and Film at University College Dublin. In particular I would like to acknowledge my lively conversations with Michelle O’Connell, Porscha Fermanis and Ron Callan–and the support of Maria Stuart and Mary Clayton. I am also grateful to Nick Daly for encouraging research life in the department in such a productive way. Pauline Slattery’s wonderfully efficient management of undergraduate academic life in the school (with the help of Marguerite Duggan and Anne Cleary) made this process less painful. The experience of teaching the MA in American Literature and a course on ‘Poetry and Poetics’ at UCD has informed this project greatly. To those lively and inspiring students who offered interpretations that opened up the poems again (particularly Jean Hogan, Ciaran Lawless, David McCarthy and Tobias Ryan)–my thanks!

Much of the initial writing took place in the lofty space of the Irish National Library, and I would like to thank the staff at this precious establishment. Bob and Becky Tracey very generously

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Series Preface ix
  • Acknowledgements x
  • Chronology xii
  • Introduction 1
  • Chapter 1 - Lyric Subjects 25
  • Chapter 2 - Politics and Poetics 58
  • Chapter 3 - Performance and the Poem 98
  • Chapter 4 - Environment and Space 133
  • Chapter 5 - Dialects, Idiolects and Multilingual Poetries 171
  • Conclusion 207
  • Student Resources 231
  • Index 255
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