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Reply to Conleth Ellis

Denman, Peter (1986) Reply to Conleth Ellis. UNSPECIFIED.

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Ask a rhetorical question and you get a silly answer. In Poetry Ireland Review No.14 I wrote about the group of poets in Irish who first came together at UCC in 1986 and subsequently published their work in Innti and various individual collections from 1970 on. Their achievement seemed all the more remarkable to me given the almost complete silence of the poets who should have immediately preceded them. The Innti poets faced into a silence, with no context or continuity to ease their early progress. What happened, I asked, to the generation which should have formed the link between that of Ó Direáin and Ó Ríordáin and that of Davitt, Ní Dhomhnaill, Rosenstock, et al? My own (sensible) answer, as I looked for the Irish-language contemporaries of Montague, Kinsella, Heaney and Longley who began publishing during the fifties and sixties, was 'They are not there.'

Item Type: Other
Additional Information: Poetry Ireland Review: Summer 1986 Vol.16 pages 20-22
Keywords: Poetry Ireland Review; Conleth Ellis;
Subjects: Arts, Celtic Studies & Philosophy > English, Media & Theatre Studies
Item ID: 857
Depositing User: Peter Denman
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2008
Refereed: Yes

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