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Description - Outliving by Bernard O'Donoghue

Bernard 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 perpetually homesick. But most important there is 'outliving' as in 'outdoing', or living a life of higher quality- the drinking of 'red wine outside in the sunlit squares' that is accorded to the less privileged - to building site workers or young soldiers who are cannon-fodder in the world's trouble-spots.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780701174811
ISBN-10: 0701174811
Format: Paperback / softback
Pages: 64
Imprint: Chatto & Windus
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 3-Apr-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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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 three previous collections, The Weakness (1991), Gunpowder (winner of the 1995 Whitbread Award for Poetry) and Here Nor There (1999) which was a Poetry Book Society Choice title.

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