By (author) Bernard O'Donoghue
Outliving by Bernard O'Donoghue
Book DescriptionBernard O'Donoghue's magnificent fourth collection of poetry explores its title in a series of beautifully wrought poems whose simple elegance belie their complexity. There are moving elegies for people the poet has outlived. There are poems too about living outside the poet's original environment and the inclination to return there for stories and feelings: the MacNeicean 'tourist in his own country', perpetually restive and homesick. Ireland for O'Donoghue is both more real than anywhere else and strangely ghostly - a country where the past is preserved but also where a rural generation is dying out. A place, a moment, a person - each poem reaches out from the particular to a luminous understanding of the uncertainties of life.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780701174811
(215mm x 136mm x 6mm)
Imprint: Chatto & Windus
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 3-Apr-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Bernard O'Donoghue
Seasons of Cullen Church, Hardback (July 2016)
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Reading Chaucer's Poems, Hardback (August 2015)
The author is rightly regarded as the Father of English Literature. His observant wit, his narrative skill and characterization, his linguistic invention, have been a well from which the language's greatest writers have drawn: Shakespeare, Pope, Austen, Dickens among them. This book tells his story.
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Paperback (November 2013)
Tolkien spent much of his life studying, translating and teaching the great epic stories of northern Europe, filled with heroes, dragons, trolls, dwarves and magic. He was hugely influential for his advocacy of Beowulf as a great work of literature and, even if he had never written The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
Farmers Cross, Paperback (June 2011)» View all books by Bernard O'Donoghue
Brings together meditations on exile and belonging, travel and home, and honours many friends and loved ones along the way. This book features the poems that frequently recall the south-west Ireland of the author's childhood.
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Author Biography - Bernard O'Donoghue
Bernard O'Donoghue was born in Cullen, Co. Cork in 1945. He is a Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford, where he teaches Medieval English. Chatto have published his previous collections, including The Weakness (1991), Gunpowder (winner of the 1995 Whitbread Award for Poetry), Here Nor There (1999) which was a Poetry Book Society Choice title; and Farmer's Cross (2011). An edition of his Selected Poems was published by Chatto in 2008.
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