Irish Texts Society Lecture: Modern Irish poetry: gleaming diamonds

Irish Texts Society Breandán Ó Buachalla Lecture - online

Tuesday November, 7pm

Speaker: Máire Ní Annracháin, Ollamh Sinsearach Emeritus le Nua-Ghaeilge, UCD

Platform: Zoom

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The work of the Irish Texts Society has borne fruit in many ways. At the time of the Irish revival the written literary canon was  almost entirely confined to manuscripts. Its gradual publication by the ITS and others has allowed modern poets  to delve deeply into what Pearse called Irish literature's own past, which would be, he advocated, an indispensable resource for the creation of a modern literature.
It is difficult to imagine a fruitful reading of swathes of post-Revival literature in Irish without an understanding of its traditional roots in the earlier written and oral literature. Far from exhibiting the anxiety of influence, modern poets have approached the earlier literature in a spirit of deep respect and fearless innovation.
This lecture will consider aspects of the creative re-imagining in modern poetry of traditional ideas and images. It will pay tribute to the subtle and insightful body of work produced by recent generations, who are worthy inheritors of a literature they have, in their turn, transformed.

NLI Reference: CLON55
NLI Reference: CLON55
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