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Nature and the Environment in Nineteenth-Century Ireland$
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Matthew Kelly

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781789620320

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789620320.001.0001

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Seumas O’Sullivan and Revivalist Nature Poetry

Seumas O’Sullivan and Revivalist Nature Poetry

(p.203) 10 Seumas O’Sullivan and Revivalist Nature Poetry
Nature and the Environment in Nineteenth-Century Ireland

Seán Hewitt

Liverpool University Press

The Irish Revival was, amongst other things, an attempt to ‘re-enchant’ the Irish natural world as both a protest against Anglicisation and Enlightenment values. Through a study of the poetry of a lesser-known Revivalist poet, Seumas O’Sullivan, who was a keen natural historian, and thus engaged with the popular discourses and practices of natural science in the period, this chapter discusses Revivalist nature poetry as a form of ‘re-enchantment’. In doing so, it also considers how engagement with natural history in the period effected a shift in the poetic relationship to materiality, considering the movement between Celtic Revival poetry and later Revivalist work in term of a closer attention to the physical world.

Keywords:   Irish Revival, Ecocriticism, Irish Poetry, Natural History, Modernism, Fin-de-Siecle Literature, Seumas O’Sullivan, W.B. Yeats, Irish Literature

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