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Author Hufstader, Jonathan, 1939-

Title Tongue of water, teeth of stones : Northern Irish poetry and social violence / Jonathan Hufstader
Published Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, [1999]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 324 pages)
Series Irish literature, history, and culture
Irish literature, history, and culture.
Contents Seamus Heaney -- Michael Longley --- Derek Mahon -- Paul Mauldoon -- Tom Paulin -- Ciarán Carson -- Medbh McGuckian
Summary "In a 1984 lecture on poetry and political violence, Seamus Heaney remarked that "the idea of poetry was itself that higher ideal to which the poets had unconsciously turned in order to survive the demeaning conditions." Jonathan Hufstader examines the work of Heaney and his contemporaries to discover how poems, combining conscious technique with unconscious impulse, work as aesthetic forms and as strategies for emotional survival." "Focusing on both style and social contexts, Hufstader explores the tension between solidarity and art, between the poet's need to belong and to rebel. He believes that an understanding of the power of lyric points towards an understanding of the source of social violence, and of its cessation. Hufstader provides a fresh account of the relationship between lyric poetry and political violence in Northern Ireland."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 309-317) and index
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Subject English poetry -- Irish authors -- History and criticism.
Literature and society -- Northern Ireland -- History -- 20th century.
Poets, Irish -- Homes and haunts -- Northern Ireland.
Social problems in literature.
Violence in literature.
Northern Ireland -- In literature.
Northern Ireland -- Intellectual life.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 081312106X (alk. paper)
0813157471 electronic bk
9780813121062 (alk. paper)
9780813157474 electronic bk