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    Cosmic Dances

    Denman, Peter (2001) Cosmic Dances. UNSPECIFIED.

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    By and large, there are two kinds of anthologies. There are the programmatic ones that set out to offer a selection of poems having a degree of cultural overlap, and are in some way representative of a larger body of work sharing the circumstances which affected their production. For instance, national anthologies (Irish, Welsh, Australian, American poetry) are of this type, as are anthologies of poetry of a particular period, or of poems written by poets under forty, or by women poets, or by war poets. Such selections can set out to make a case about the body of work they sample. They might introduce, identify or redefine a literary movement (Al Alvarez's The New Poetry, Michael Roberts' Faber Book of Modern Verse). Even at their most modest, they can aspire to be good text books for teaching purposes. But anthologies of poems defined by their subject matter (a book of love poems, of landscape poetry, of poems about animals) are always going to be rather factitious; one might just as reasonably compile a book of poems beginning with the letter K. But not to worry: all the editor has to do is to offer us some good poems rubbing shoulders with each other between the covers, and all we have to do is bear in mind that it is the individual poems that matter.Indeed, some of the best recent anthologies are just of this factitious kind: Paul Muldoon's Faber Book of Beasts, Heaney and Hughes' The Rattle bag.

    Item Type: Other
    Additional Information: Poetry Ireland Review: Summer 2001 Vol.69 pages 96-99
    Keywords: Cosmic Dances; Poetry Ireland;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > School of English, Media & Theatre Studies
    Item ID: 865
    Depositing User: Peter Denman
    Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2008
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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