The Proper Word

The Proper Word : Collected Criticism - Ireland, Poetry, Politics

By (author) Gerald Dawe , Edited by Nicholas Allen


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This collection of essays and reviews by one of Ireland's leading poets and critics moves from assessments of the work of individual poets' work to explorations of broader themes and topics in Irish cultural history.

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  • Paperback | 386 pages
  • 157.48 x 220.98 x 22.86mm | 566.99g
  • 15 Jul 2007
  • Creighton University,U.S.
  • English
  • 1881871525
  • 9781881871521

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GERALD DAWE, born in Belfast, taught at University College Galway for many years. Currently a Fellow at Trinity College Dublin and Director of the Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing, he has published numerous collections of poetry and criticism.

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"Gerald Dawe is an explorer, like Darwin and Humboldt, sailing way beyond the boundaries of his own Belfast identity in order to chart the minutiae and the ordinary design of far-flung terrain." - Hugo Hamilton, author of Speckled People and The Harbor Boys "Dawe is one of those critics no society can afford to be without... whose aims are essentially earthed in political decency and in the shaping power of imagination." - Sean Dunne, The Irish Times "Gerald Dawe shows himself amicably opinionated, vigilant, resourceful and straightforward and can claim a good deal of affinity with Louis MacNeice's 'Individualist,' escaping with his dog on the other side of the fair." - Patricia Craig, Times Literary Supplement"

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