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Neil Corcoran

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781781380352

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781380352.001.0001

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In Retrospect

In Retrospect

Christopher Logue, Anne Carson, David Jones

(p.180) Chapter 12 In Retrospect
Poetry & Responsibility

Neil Corcoran


In three separate sections, this chapter reviews the careers of three poets: the work of two of them (Logue and Jones) is now complete, that of the third (Carson) still in progress. The chapter offers an overview of each career, examining Logue's controversial versions of the Iliad, Carson's explorations and revisions of classical literature and elegy, and Jones's major poems of inclusive, quasi-epic ambition and scope. In offering these career analyses, the chapter examines such matters as: the nature and responsibilities of poetic translation; ideas of allusive re-invention; the inheritance and development of Modernism; absorptions and refractions of Catholic Christianity. The chapter makes a case for difficulty in some modern poetry as enabling but problematic, a resourceful re-aligning of the ancient and the modern or postmodern through which we might see ourselves anew.

Keywords:   Retrospect, Logue, Carson, Jones

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