How does this hybrid heritage influence poets like Mahon, Muldoon and Montague? Is the term 'Irish Poet' a valid one? What does Michael Longley mean by the often recurring word 'home'? How does Heaney's term 'place and displacement' apply to his own work? Is Paulin's development of cultural analysis in poetry an effective response?
This book offers new readings of poetry from Northern Ireland. It looks, also, beyond the accepted literary-historical context for further, illuminating entries into the poetry, from the classicism of Ovid to the theories of postmodernism.
Neil Corcoran is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Leeds and the author of many books and articles on twentieth century English literature.