MURAL - Maynooth University Research Archive Library



    Derek Mahon's Poetry of Belonging


    Shields, Kathleen (1994) Derek Mahon's Poetry of Belonging. Irish University Review, 24 (1). pp. 67-79. ISSN 1755-6198

    [img]
    Preview
    Download (758kB) | Preview


    Share your research

    Twitter Facebook LinkedIn GooglePlus Email more...



    Add this article to your Mendeley library


    Abstract

    The answer to the rhetorical question posed in the above epigraph is clearly "no one". "Beyond Howth Head" sets up a clear polarity between "self-knowledge" on the one hand and "prelapsarian metaphor" on the other.l But in Mahon's work as a whole the individual's pursuit of artistic statement can not so easily be wrested from collective history. Self-knowledge and prelapsarian metaphor can not be exchanged unproblematically. Rather, the "ironic conscience" uses metaphor to propose a brief continuity between the antithetical categories of self-knowledge and home and then destroys the metaphor to separate the categories again. It is this sticking point which can give a clue to the question of belonging as it is expressed in Mahon's poems. By not completely separating art and history, himself and his people, Mahon professes some kind of allegiance - no matter how muCh he qualifies it - to the idea of an overlap between these antithetical areas.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Derek Mahon; Poetry; Belonging;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures > French
    Item ID: 9260
    Depositing User: Dr. Kathleen Shields
    Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2018 15:47
    Journal or Publication Title: Irish University Review
    Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
    Refereed: Yes
    URI:

    Repository Staff Only(login required)

    View Item Item control page

    Downloads

    Downloads per month over past year