By S. Matthews
The award of the 1995 Nobel Prize for Literature to Seamus Heaney famous not just the classy fulfillment of his paintings, but additionally its political urgency. right here Steven Matthews offers a family tree of Irish poetry which centres upon Heaney's fresh preoccupation with the kinfolk among poetry, politics and background. Writing from the viewpoint of Irish severe responses to the poetry, he discusses a variety of paintings from John Hewitt via Heaney himself to Paul Muldoon. All of those poets were encouraged without delay or not directly by means of the placement within the North of eire. putting the poems of their old context, the writer additionally analyses how those poets have reacted to the effect of W.B. Yeats. this crucial ebook bargains a brand new method of Irish poetry, linking it for the 1st time to the an important political and old occasions which lie at its centre.
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Extra info for Irish Poetry: Politics, History, Negotiation: The Evolving Debate, 1969 to the Present
A single incident on Sunday 30 January 1972 formed a kind of tragic culmination of these events and of the confrontations between the Civil Rights movement and the security forces. In defiance of a government ban, the Civil Rights Association went ahead with their march in Derry. The British Army had hatched a plan to seize what they saw as the most 32 Irish Poetry: Politics, History, Negotiation violent of its supporters, using snatch squads of paratroopers as the march broke up. But in response to being stoned by Catholic youths the troops opened fire indiscriminately on the marchers, killing 13 men and injuring 13 others.
For, from early on, Field Day strove not only to diagnose or analyse the situation, but to tum that 'analysis' towards imagining the shape of a future, reconciled state on the island. That attempt to re-envisage the conditions was an integral part of the enterprise (an enterprise which initially also involved rereading and demythologizing Yeats 36 ), however partial that enterprise might in the end have been. Brian Friel, one of the Company's co-founders, has admitted that a principle element in this attempt to re-envisage was the appropriation of the idea of a 'fifth province' as it had originally been defined by Richard Kearney and Mark Hederman in the first issue of a Dublin magazine, The Crane Bag: ...
Believed that Field Day could and should contribute to the solution of the present crisis by producing analyses of the established opinions, myths and stereotypes which had become both a symptom and a cause of the current situation. 35 Introduction: Making History? 27 Claims like that overly optimistically made in the last clause here have simply served to confirm for Edna Longley that beneath the surface of Field Day's seemingly neutral 'analyses' there lurked a political ambition in the form of a romanticized Irish Nationalism which merely served its own ends.