Edited By Benjamin Keatinge and Mary Pierse
Drawing on the disciplines of history, art, economics and literature, and dipping into the good wines of France and Ireland, the book paints a fascinating picture of the relationship between the two countries over three dramatic centuries.
‘So much depends on a TV appearance’: Popular and Performative Aspects of the Poetry of Brendan Kennelly
The popularity and visibility of Brendan Kennelly as a readily recognizable Irish poet can be viewed in both a positive and a negative light. On the one hand, many people applaud his anti-elitism and populist approach to poetry and his ability to communicate with an audience at readings and in academic lectures. His capacity as a communicator famously extends to the mass media, including TV, and a recent newspaper review of The Essential Brendan Kennelly (2011) notes that:
people approach him because they have the illusion of knowing him, even if that illusory knowledge has been largely based on his many Late Late Show appearances down the years, where he came across as a cuddly Celtic sage, and on the endearingly daft television ads he did for Toyota – daft because he didn’t drive and endearing … well, because he was Brendan.1
As a poet, he enjoys a ‘recognition factor’ higher than most even if that recognition is not exclusively based on a reading of his poems.
← 169 | 170 → The negative side of Kennelly’s visibility has been well-rehearsed by critics and commentators. The central charge is that he is too prolific, that he lacks an ability to edit himself and therefore allows casual or under-developed poems to be published. The assumption here is that his popularity is a personal one which is not merited by the formal accomplishments of his published poetry. The implication of the recent selection The Essential Brendan...
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