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Reading Medbh McGuckian

Reading Medbh McGuckian

Leontia Flynn

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Reading Medbh McGuckian is a highly original study of renowned Northern Irish poet Medbh McGuckian.

Fellow poet Leontia Flynn offers close readings of McGuckian's early and mid-career work in an attempt to shed new light on the poet's complexities, while remaining clear, accessible and highly original. Making use of valuable new research suggesting that much of McGuckian's poetic language is gathered from other sources, Reading Medbh McGuckian begins as a series of observational readings, analysing the poems and textual materials from which the poem has been developed, and goes on to suggest how her poetic technique has been applied in her later work.

Assuming several critical perspectives, this personal and unique book seeks to give a sense of the challenges presented by McGuckian's poetry, and of the poet's evolving style over the last three decades. It also seeks to show how the poet wants her readers to think differently about women, poetry and tradition, constructing McGuckian's meanings where possible but also insisting that the mysteries - and pleasures - of the poetry remain intact.

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Author Leontia Flynn
Publisher Irish Academic Press
Publication date 7 Mar 2014
Format Hardback
ISBN/EAN 9780716531173

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