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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Event Archive

This is an archive of past events within the Department of English Studies. Please see our current events for forthcoming activities.

Some of our public events are recorded and are available as podcasts via our Research English At Durham blog.

After the Ceasefire: Poetry in Northern Ireland Since 1994

7th November 2014, 17:00 to 18:00, Birley Room, Hatfield College, Professor Stephen Regan

In the twenty years since the announcement of the IRA ceasefire in August 1994, poetry in Northern Ireland has taken a distinctive turn. Seamus Heaney catches the tentative hopefulness of the peace process, while his close contemporary, Michael Longley, is committed to a poetry of foregiveness and reconciliation. Poets of a slightly later generation, including Paul Muldoon and Ciaran Carson, have sought through a poetry of playfulness and obliquity to dissolve the hardened myths of identity and belonging that have often hindered political progress. The lecture will look closely at a selection of poetry by these writers and ask if there is a discernible post-ceasefire sensibility and a post-ceasefire style in contemporary Northern Irish poetry.

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