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- DescriptionThe Twelfth of Never, which comprises seventy-seven sonnets written in alexandrines, floats on (or submerges in) the ideal republic or the Otherworld promised in fairy stories, aislings, the land of Cockaigne, lines of cocaine, drunkenness, the land of the green rose, poppy-day imperialism, Loyalist and Fenian ballads, and the rhetoric of July 12thall realms of or tickets to Utopia. The combination of pleasant, even rollicking, conveyanceiambs and anapests, disguised rhymes, lilting linesand sinister endings evokes certain kinds of fairy stories, such as E. T. A. Hoffmann s.
- Author BiographyBorn in 1948 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Ciaran Carson studied at Queen s University, Belfast, where, from 20032015, he served as the director of the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry. Though recently retired from that post, he continues to teach a postgraduate poetry workshop there, in addition to overseeing the Belfast Writers Group. Earlier in his career (from 19751998), Ciaran Carson acted as an arts officer for the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. He is also a member of Aosdana and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. A writer of both poetry and prosefiction and non-fiction alikeCiaran Carson has also translated many texts, including The Midnight Court, a work of the eighteenth-century poet Brian Merriman, and a version of Dante s The Inferno, which won the Oxford Weidenfeld Translation Prize. His other awards include the first-ever T. S. Eliot Prize (1994, for First Language), and the Forward Prize for Best Collection (2003, for Breaking News). As well as being a significant poet and careful translator, Carson is also a scholar of traditional Irish music; he frequently plays the flute alongside his wife, the accomplished Irish fiddler Deirdre Shannon. He has said: I m not interested in ideologies . . . I m interested in the words, and how they sound to me, how words connect with experience, of fear, of anxiety . . . Your only responsibility is to the language.
- Author(s)Ciaran Carson
- PublisherWake Forest University Press
- Date of Publication01/10/1998
- SubjectPoetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintWake Forest University Press
- Weight299 g
- Width160 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine14 mm
- Format DetailsSewn,Cloth over boards
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