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The War Correspondent Criticism

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Breaking News, the collection in which “The War Correspondent” appears, received high praise from critics. Sean O’Brien in the Times Literary Supplement, comments that the collection, which ends with the seven poems that make up “The War Correspondent,” “concludes with the teeming plenitude of atmospheric and material detail which has marked Ciaran Carson’s work since his poetry came fully to life in the 1980s.” O’Brien goes on to describe “The War Correspondent” as “a rich and remarkable piece of work. . . . the poems never read as antiquarian works of reconstruction.” He singles out “Gallipoli” for particular comment, describing it as a characteristic Carson poem, “its thousand details all somehow got on board the poem’s sixty-line sentence, only for the poet-correspondent to declare: ‘I have not even begun...

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