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Brendan Kennelly: A Host of Ghosts

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Brendan Kennelly: A Host of Ghosts

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The latest study on one of Ireland's best-loved poets in the Contemporary Irish Writers and Filmmakers Series.



Brendan Kennelly is one of Irelands most important contemporary poets whose prolific output extends to over forty volumes of poetry since the publication of his first poetic work in 1959. His seminal, critically acclaimed collections include Cromwell (1983), The Book of Judas (1991), Poetry My Arse (1995) and The Man Made of Rain (1998).

Kennelly is attracting increasing attention from both critics and students from Ireland and abroad and this significant book provides a comprehensive critical introduction to the broad corpus of his work. Kennelly's work relies principally upon his unflinching desire to unmask the ideologies that underpin many aspects of Irish life. He does this by adopting a series of narrative voices, his collections combing contemporary Irish society to find the important connections between language and identity, history and national character, and the individual and collective consciousness.

At all times Kennelly aspires to clarity of thought, memory and image and his poetry consistently retains an accessibility and expression that appeals to an ever-increasing audience.

Brendan Kennelly: A Host of Ghosts is the tenth book published in The Liffey Press's Contemporary Irish Writers Series.

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Additional Information

Author McDonagh, John
Editor No
Print Format Paperback
ISBN-10 1-904148-44-1
ISBN-13 n/a
Illustrations No
Date of Publication February 2004
Number of Pages 180