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Making Integral by Benjamin Keatinge

Making Integral: Critical essays on Richard Murphy

Benjamin Keatinge

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Category: Poetry, Non-fiction
Imprint: Cork University Press
Publisher: Cork University Press
Publication date: 5 Jul 2019
ISBN: 9781782053255

Richard Murphy's poetry is central to the evolution of Irish poetry since 1950. These original essays offer new insights into Murphy's poetic preoccupations.

4 stars out of 5
22 May 2020

"We learn from him that memory cannot authenticate, or sustain, an identity: it can only call it into question"

This collection, assembled with loving care by Keatinge, encourages the reader to explore simultaneously the life and the work in the spirit intended in the title: to integrate Murphy’s poetry not only with his contexts in Ireland, Ceylon/Sri Lanka, Africa and America, but also with his creative method, and in particular the copious notebooks in which he conceived the architecture of his poetry. Although contributors are anxious to stress Murphy’s cosmopolitanism, and to insist that he is not exclusively an “Anglo-Irish poet”, it is nevertheless his ancestral background and his constant returns to Ireland – in particular Connemara – which affected him throughout his life.