Irish literature | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Donald T. Torchiana

This literature criticism consists of approximately 22 pages of analysis & critique of Irish literature.
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Critical Essay by Donald T. Torchiana

SOURCE: “Contemporary Irish Poetry,” in Chicago Review, Vol. 17, Nos. 2 & 3, 1964, pp. 152-68.

In the following essay, Torchiana compares the poetry of John Montague, Richard Murphy, Austin Clarke, and Thomas Kinsella.

Contemporary Irish poetry written in English can show nothing comparable to the poetry of Yeats, perhaps even to that of Gogarty or the late Denis Devlin. Yet modern Ireland has several very competent, often satisfying poets.1 They would not be caught dead writing the lumpish verse, that still passes for poetry, once scribbled by AE, Katherine Tynan, F. R. Higgins, and Seumus O'Sullivan, and now by Ewart Milne, Donagh MacDonagh, and Monk Gibbon. Nevertheless, this persistent load of uninspired sing-song or doggerel that passes for contemporary verse at any time in Ireland is significant in itself. It suggests that the average educated Irishman, while a...

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