Ireland's Other Poetry: Anonymous to Zozimus by Hector McDonnell,John Wyse Jackson

By Hector McDonnell,John Wyse Jackson

DRAWN FROM 4 CENTURIES of writing in English by way of the recognized and the forgotten, Ireland's different Poetry: nameless to Zozimus is a massive new anthology of enjoyable and weird poems, rhymes and songs. It revisits a forgotten Irish poetic panorama, bringing the reader on an exciting alphabetical journey via a rustic freighted with unforeseen curiosities, from Dunluce to Belfast, Dublin, Cork and the Skelligs. Many nameless or overlooked poets, humorists and lyricists may be encountered, as will extra celebrated writers, usually in skittish temper. they vary from Jonathan rapid to Shane MacGowan, in terms of Flann O'Brien, Goldsmith, George Bernard Shaw and Christy Moore - in addition to the occasional unique customer like Betjeman or Chesterton - to Michael Hartnett and Brendan Behan, Percy French and Oliver St John Gogarty, Ewart Milne and Derek Mahon, Tommy Makem and James Clarence Mangan: a meeting of the frequent and unusual, at the wing. In Ireland's different Poetry are memorable verses on foodstuff and philosophy, on courtship and cuckoldry, on Guinness and ghosts, on conflict, on homicide, on lights a fit. Masterpieces of wordplay and parody rub shoulders with carrying songs, ads jingles and lyrics from theatre. right here be nonsense verse, satire and degree Irish buffoonery, non secular propaganda, doggerel, musichall bawdry, and strong sincere abuse - a few of it politically fallacious, it all fascinating. With over three hundred full of life illustrations by way of Hector McDonnell, this excellent journey d'horizon turns into a necessary reference paintings and spouse for these attracted to Irish writing, tradition, or social lifestyles down the years, or for somebody who seeks the phrases of a favorite comedian verse. JOHN WYSE JACKSON, for years a director of John Sandoe's book place in London's Chelsea, now lives in County Wexford along with his kin. His books comprise John Stanislaus Joyce: The lifetime of James Joyce's Father (with Peter Costello), Flann O'Brien at conflict and all of us are looking to swap the area: a lifetime of John Lennon.

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