This is a very good paperback. 2000 New York University Press. This copy is crisp and clean inside and out. The pages are crisp, clean with no markings seen. The binding is tight and straight, NO creasing along spine. the cover is clean and shiny with only a hint of shelf wear. This is a standard trade paperback (no small mass market) or 6" x 9" with 355 pages.
Debates about Irish culture have long been plagued by neat opposition's between conquering England and colonized Erin, Protestant and Catholic, stolid Saxon and dreamy Celt. Yet the greatest Irish poets have scorned such simplicities.
In this interpretative anthology of Irish verse, W.J. Mc Cormack traces creativity of contradiction through through several centuries, finding poets productively at odds with their forebears, their contemporaries - and even with themselves. Swift's savagery sets the tone, yet this tradition of ferocity also includes great Gaelic poets like Bruadair and Rathaille, as well as Anglophone voices like James Clarence Mangan and Samuel Ferguson. Women poets like Esther Johnson, Mary Barber in the 18th century, to Eavan Boland and Medbh McGuckian in current time, are representative in this tradition of outsidership,
This anthology brings together the very best in Irish poetry to reveal a broad yet sharply focused tradition of diversity and dissidence.
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