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In Dogged Loyalty

Author(s): John F. Deane

ISBN13: 9781856075343

ISBN10: 1856075346


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  • Many poets, down through the long and rich tradition of poetry in English, have devoted their imaginative energy to questions of God, belief and service. Many of these poems are perhaps the most achieved in the English language and the tradition weaves its way, altering, developing, questioning over the centuries. This book blends a series of essays on the major poets who devoted their work to this tradition, with an invaluable anthology of the poems themselves, thus exploring that golden seam of religious poetry from medieval times to the present. Here is "The Dream of the Rood", George Herbert, John Donne, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Emily Dickinson ...and many more, up to R. S. Thomas and our own times. This book is a treasury of such poetry, and more - it adds studies of the importance of poetry to our and every age, showing how it is an art form we will lose at our peril, and outlining how poetry itself can, through its depth and breadth and honesty, be an impetus back towards faith in our common humanity. It contains essays, poems, written by one who has devoted his own life to poetry, and to the poetry of religion.
  • John F. Deane

    John F. Deane was born on Achill Island 1943; founded Poetry Ireland and The Poetry Ireland Review, 1979; published several collections of poetry and some fiction; won the O’Shaughnessy Award for Irish Poetry, the Marten Toonder Award for Literature, Golden Key Award from Serbia, Laudomia Bonanni Prize from L’Aquila, Italy. Shortlisted for both the T.S.Eliot prize and The Irish Times Poetry Now Award, won residencies in Bavaria, Monaco and Paris. He is a member of Aosdána . His recent poetry collections: Eye of the Hare came from Carcanet 2011. Snow falling on Chestnut Hill: New & Selected Poems was published by Carcanet in October 2012. His latest fiction is a novel, Where No Storms Come, published by Blackstaff in 2010. A new collection of poems, Semibreve, will be published by Carcanet in May 2015.

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