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Title: The Influence of American Poets on John Montague, Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon and Paul Muldoon
Author: McAllister, Daniel
ISNI:       0000 0001 3622 3829
Awarding Body: University of Ulster
Current Institution: Ulster University
Date of Award: 2007
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[n this thesis I set out to examine American poetic influence on four leading (Northern) Irish poets: John Montague, Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon and Paul Muldoon. The American influences overlap amongst the Irish poets, so as a group I perceive them to be Robert Frost, Robert Lowell, Wallace Stevens, Elizabeth Bishop, William Carlos Williams, Theodore Roethke, Ezra Pound and to a lesser extent, Hart Crane, Frank O'Hara, and Charles Olson. Although American poetic influence can be charted throughout the careers of these Irish poets (I suggest the presence of Pound in Mahon's 2005 collection, Harbour Lights) the core of this work focuses on the formative effect of this influence upon their earlier poetry and their first significant publications. This focus reflects the heightened receptivity of poets in general to precursors and exempla in the emerging stage of their vocation and in the effort to develop an individual voice.In the four core chapters on the Irish poets I present a detailed study of the substantive textual allusions to, invocations of, and subsequent intertextual associations with their American forerunners.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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