Titel: The Art of Brian Coffey
Autor/en: Donal Moriarty
UNIV COLLEGE DUBLIN PR
Oktober 2000 - gebunden - 160 Seiten
Although still undervalued, Brian Coffey (1905-1995) is an important figure in Irish poetry. He was one of a small number who rejected the high style of Yeats and proceeded from an independently established, yet coherent aesthetic, one influenced by Eliot, Joyce, and Beckett. The non-mimetic mode of his poetry, which relies as much upon sound as it does upon sense for its principal effects, poses particular problems for readers. The perspective that Coffey adopts on Irish culture and history is certainly unique, and the values that inform his point of view are moral rather than political which caused hin to fail to find a large readership in Ireland. Nevertheless, a growing band of readers in Ireland, Britain, and the U.S. (he taught for a while at the University of St Louis), now regard him as one of the finest poets Ireland has produced since Yeats. This groundbreaking and exciting introduction will enlighten those familiar with Coffey's work and will introduce him to a new generation of readers.
Chronology of Brian Coffey; somatic rhythms; "Third Person" (1938); Coffey's method of translation; sound and metrics in "Advent" (1975) and "Death of Hector".
"A first-class academic study, particularly pleasant to hand and eye, with a useful chronology of Coffey's life, sources, bibliography, index." Books Ireland Summer 2000 "Donal Moriarty [has] written a groundbreaking and exciting study in which the general reader and student alike can recognise the true range of Irish poetry and the quite different backgrounds and artistic ambition of poets who happen to come from this country." Gerald Dawe Irish Times August 2000 "Nothing deserves a warmer welcome than this full-length study of Coffey's poetry yet one might spend a whole night if not longer arguing with Moriarty about his findings and critical affirmations." Books Ireland Oct 2000 "It's encouraging to see an academic in these islands tackling living writers of little official reputation - a brave engagement." Shearman 43 2000 "contribute[s] greatly to our understanding not only of the individual poet's work but ... how Coffey took from and contributed to the wider poetic scene, both in Ireland and abroad. Moriarty [is] to be congratulated for [this] splendid stud[y] which provides many keys to unlocking the work of [this] neglected, but central, mid-century Irish poet." Irish Studies Review 10 (1) 2002 "Moriarty makes a wonderful argument for Coffey as [a] writer to be reviewed, if not revived." Nua: Studies in Contemporary Irish Writing 2002 "an alternative narrative to the dominant Yeats to Heaney line. If certain voices prevail, another few years and 'Brian Coffey to Trevor Joyce' might be the better sales pitch." The Year's Work in English Studies 2002