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Robert Lowell and Irish Poetry

Edited By Eve Cobain and Philip Coleman

This is the first book to provide comprehensive treatment of Robert Lowell’s engagements with Irish poetry. Including original contributions by leading and emerging scholars from both sides of the Atlantic, the essays in the volume explore topics such as Lowell and W.B. Yeats, Louis MacNeice, and Denis Devlin, as well as the ways in which the American poet’s work was read by later Irish poets Seamus Heaney, Eavan Boland, Paul Durcan, Leontia Flynn, and others. In addition to exploring the ways that several poets have engaged with Lowell, the book encompasses a wide range of thematic concerns, from Lowell and ecology to the politics of identification. The book also includes essays on aspects of Lowell’s engagements with Irish-American contexts, as well as contributions by contemporary poets Gerald Dawe, Paul Muldoon and Julie O’Callaghan. Robert Lowell and Irish Poetry concludes with a previously unpublished introduction Seamus Heaney gave to a reading by Lowell in Ireland in 1975, which is followed by a reminiscence by Marie Heaney.

Philip Coleman and Eve Cobain: Introduction

Anna Chahoud: The Orator and the Poet: J.V. Luce on Robert Lowell

John Victor Luce: Oration on the Conferral of an Honorary DLitt Degree on Robert Lowell by the University of Dublin, Trinity College, 31 May 1976

Paul Muldoon: Robert Lowell at Castletown House

Steven Gould Axelrod: Robert Lowell in Dark Times

Frank J. Kearful: Names and Naming: Robert Lowell and the Boston Irish

Alex Runchman: Weaving the Great Clan: Robert Lowell, Robert Kennedy and

Martin Luther King

Adam Beardsworth: From Terrible Beauty to Stale and Small: W.B. Yeats’s Influence on Robert Lowell’s Political Poetry

Calista McRae: Robert Lowell and Louis MacNeice: Reading Likeness through Elegy

Karl O’Hanlon: Rebels in Formal Dress: Robert Lowell, Denis Devlin and their Transatlantic Literary Network

Stephen Grace: ‘thudding in a big sea’: The Oceanic Ecologies of Robert Lowell and Seamus Heaney

Gerald Dawe: Waiting for the New Life: Reading Robert Lowell in Bangor, Co. Down, in the 1970s

Michael Hinds: Name and Shame: ‘Identification in Belfast’

Lucy Collins: Lost Connections: Reading Family in the Poetry of Eavan Boland and Robert Lowell

Ellen Dillon: Radical Tensions: Robert Lowell, Charles Altieri and Catherine Walsh

Eve Cobain: ‘The way we are living’: Robert Lowell and Leontia Flynn

Julie O’Callaghan: Seamus Heaney Introducing Robert Lowell in Kilkenny, 1975

Seamus Heaney: Introduction to Robert Lowell Reading at Kilkenny Arts Week, Kytler’s Inn, Kilkenny, 28 August 1975

Marie Heaney: Afterword