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A Terrible Beauty is Born: Irish Poetry

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A Terrible Beauty is Born: Irish Poetry

<p>We come together to read, discuss, consider and question a variety of poems written by Irish poets about their nation space, both imagined and real. This course explores different poetic forms

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We come together to read, discuss, consider and question a variety of poems written by Irish poets about their nation space, both imagined and real. This course explores different poetic forms written by poets as diverse as Heaney, Chuilleanain, Yeats, Muldoon, Carson, Kavanagh, Boland etc.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Out of the marvellous: The Irish poems of a 9th century hermit, Seamus Heaney and Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin explore the way in which poetry sheds light on the marvellous of our own fixed and immutable lives.
  • A terrible beauty is born: Irish poets Paul Muldoon, Joseph Mary Plunkett and W.B.Yeats write poetry about the truth of their times; a truth that is Janus faced as both beautiful and terrifying.
  • Ireland hurt you into Poetry: The Irish poems of an 18th century lover of Kathleen Ni Houlahan legend, Patrick Pearse and Ciaran Carson examine the narrative of suffering, writ large and small, in a nation’s imagining of itself.
  • Catching yourself: Poems by Catherine Twomey, Seamus Heaney and W.B.Yeats consider the ways in which a life examined closely leads one to both relinquish control but also discover one’s voice.
  • Our greatcoats full of barley: Irish poets Seamus Heaney, John Hewitt and Donagh Macdonald consider that which sustains us while under siege, which in turn becomes, that which we leave as our legacy.
  • Extravagant light: Finally Patrick Kavanagh, Seamus Heaney and Eavan Boland offer us hope and restitution.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Describe essential characteristics of Irish poetic subject matter
  2. Describe the role of the Irish poets in the formation of a site of belonging
  3. Discuss the contextual influences that have led to formation of certain Irish poems
  4. Discuss the form and feature of poems explored
  5. Discuss the ways in which Irish poetry speaks to the Australian imagined self