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Sympathetic Ink: Intertextual Relations in Northern Irish Poetry

Shane Alcobia-Murphy


Northern Irish poets have been notably reticent when addressing political issues in their work, a tendency that this book traces through the works of Seamus Heaney, Paul Muldoon, and Medbh McGuckian. Using collections of the poets' papers made only recently available, the author focuses on the oblique, subtle strategies the poets apply to critique contemporary political issues. He employs the concept of sympathetic ink, or invisible ink, arguing that rather than avoiding politics, these poets have, via complex intertextual references and resonances, woven them deeply into the formal constructi ... More

Keywords: Northern Ireland, poetry, politics, Seamus Heaney, Paul Muldoon, Medbh McGuckian, intertextual references, resonances

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9781846310324
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846314148


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shane Alcobia-Murphy, author