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Thomas Kinsella : designing for the exact needs

Author: Maurice Harmon
Publisher: Dublin ; Portland, OR : Irish Academic Press, 2008.
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"This comprehensive study, published to coincide with eightieth birthday celebrations, interprets Thomas Kinsella's extraordinary progress from lyric poems and meditations about fragility and impermanence to complex assessments of individual isolation and helplessness in the modern world. His work, which has been knitted to Dublin city, expresses his engagement with Irish life and culture in 'Nightwalker', Poems  Read more...
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Harmon, Maurice.
Thomas Kinsella.
Dublin ; Portland, OR : Irish Academic Press, 2008
(OCoLC)649143226
Named Person: Thomas Kinsella; Thomas Kinsella
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Maurice Harmon
ISBN: 9780716529514 0716529513 9780716529521 0716529521
OCLC Number: 193179389
Description: xxiv, 248 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Poet of many voices --
The full infection --
Ordeal after ordeal --
In the yolk of one's being --
Style and substance --
The entire fabric --
Song of the night --
Translations : from paganism to Christianity --
Translations : The Táin and The new Oxford book of Irish verse --
An Duanaire, 1600-1900 : poems of the dispossessed --
Tales of the dispossessed --
A local watchfulness --
Gnats out of nothing --
The inadequate man.
Responsibility: Maurice Harmon.

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"This comprehensive study, published to coincide with eightieth birthday celebrations, interprets Thomas Kinsella's extraordinary progress from lyric poems and meditations about fragility and impermanence to complex assessments of individual isolation and helplessness in the modern world. His work, which has been knitted to Dublin city, expresses his engagement with Irish life and culture in 'Nightwalker', Poems from Centre City, Personal Places, and The Pen Shop. His involvement with Irish history, evident in his absorption with the past and his creative interpretation of the arrival and settling in of prehistoric people, is demonstrated in his extensive translations from Irish literature." "He is also a universal poet who has explored Jungian archetypes in New Poems, psychological stress in the 'Wormwood' sequence, the notion of meaninglessness in Her Vertical Smile and of living on the edge in Marginal Economy. In his persistent search for understanding he has examined the effects of evil whether expressed in man's proclivity for destruction, the direct concern of Man of War, or the reality of death in the elegies for Sean O Riada, John F. Kennedy, and his own father. Deprived of a community of shared values and the reassurances of philosophy or religion, he has conducted a systematic investigation of the question of causality and responsibility in the human and divine spheres, whether articulated by artists like Gustav Mahler or Sean O Riada or thinkers like St. Augustine, Eriugena or Aurelius, and has verified the role of the artist as measured and exact recorder. His poems dramatise issues through narrative, elegy, allegory, and myth and commemorate love, ceremony, natural beauty and creativity itself."--BOOK JACKET.

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