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Selected Poems

Selected Poems

SEÁN Ó RÍORDÁIN
IN EAGAR AG / EDITED BY FRANK SEWELL
Foreword by Paul Muldoon
Copyright Date: 2014
Published by: Yale University Press
Pages: 288
https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt5vm81n
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    Selected Poems
    Book Description:

    In the mid-twentieth century, a new generation of poets writing in Irish emerged, led by the young Seán Ó Ríordáin, among others. Ó Ríordáin's work has stood the test of time well, and he continues to engage today's Irish readers and writers. This well-rounded selection of poems brings most of Ó Ríordáin's works to English-language readers for the first time. The poems appear in their original Irish alongside English translations by some of Ireland's leading poets. Also included for the first time in English is Ó Ríordáin's essayWhat Is Poetry?, considered an extraordinary touchstone of critical insight for poets and literary commentators.

    The volume reflects Ó Ríordáin's seven main concerns: poetry and its place in the artist's life; the plural self; the relationship between the individual and society; gender relations; the nature of animals; Ireland, its language and culture; and mortality.

    eISBN: 978-0-300-20836-8
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-xii)
  3. FOREWORD: FREEDOM
    (pp. xiii-xvi)
    Seán Ó Ríordáin
  4. EDITOR’S PREFACE: ‘Travels from self to self’: The poetry of Seán Ó Ríordáin
    (pp. xvii-xxxii)
    Frank Sewell
  5. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
    (pp. xxxiii-xxxiv)
  6. FROM EIREABALL SPIDEOIGE (1952)

  7. FROM BROSNA (1964)

  8. FROM LÍNTE LIOMBÓ (1971)

  9. FROM TAR ÉIS MO BHÁIS (1978)

  10. SEÁN Ó RÍORDÁIN, A BRIEF CHRONOLOGY
    (pp. 227-230)
  11. AFTERWORD: Cad is filíocht ann?/What is poetry? Seán Ó Ríordáin’s original introduction to Eireaball Spideoige (1952).
    (pp. 231-242)

    What is poetry? Is it a child’s mind? Imagine two people in a room, a child and his father, while a horse is passing by outside. The father looks out and says, ‘That’s X’s horse going to the fair.’² In this case he is telling. It seems as though the father loses the horse because it remains outside of him. Say that the horse is a disease. The father does not catch the disease. The horse does not enrich the father’s life. But the child—he hears the sound of the horse. He tastes the sound of the horse for...

  12. NOTES
    (pp. 243-248)
  13. NOTES ON THE TRANSLATORS
    (pp. 249-252)
  14. Back Matter
    (pp. 253-253)