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Wake Forest
University Press

Wake Forest University Press

Dedicated to Irish Poetry

The Great Cloak

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The poetic sequence of The Great Cloak, first published in 1978, recounts the loss of love and its recovery in a new and growing relationship.


Reviews

The Great Cloak brings fresh proof of Montague’s great faculty for composition . . . A thoroughly plotted sequence, in fact, it invites the same kind of interest and demands the same sort of critical response usually reserved for novels.”
– Adrian Frazier, Eire-Ireland

“Montague also is unlike all other poets of his generation in being a master of love poetry: he perceives the pain, the delight, the sweetness and the sourness of the man-woman relationship with a shrewd poignancy that few if any have surpassed in the history of our literature. One can only set up against him the great love poems: Chaucer’s one superb lyric, the most formidable of Shakespeare’s sonnets and a scattering from other Elizabethans and Cavaliers, together with a few poems each from Burns, Byron, Shelley, Landor, Browning, Meredith and Yeats . . . From this time on, whatever else he may write, John Montague’s voice will always be raised in the ranks of the great poets of our literature.”
– Robin Skelton, Malahat Review

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The poetic sequence of The Great Cloak, first published in 1978, recounts the loss of love and its recovery in a new and growing relationship.


Reviews

The Great Cloak brings fresh proof of Montague’s great faculty for composition . . . A thoroughly plotted sequence, in fact, it invites the same kind of interest and demands the same sort of critical response usually reserved for novels.”
– Adrian Frazier, Eire-Ireland

“Montague also is unlike all other poets of his generation in being a master of love poetry: he perceives the pain, the delight, the sweetness and the sourness of the man-woman relationship with a shrewd poignancy that few if any have surpassed in the history of our literature. One can only set up against him the great love poems: Chaucer’s one superb lyric, the most formidable of Shakespeare’s sonnets and a scattering from other Elizabethans and Cavaliers, together with a few poems each from Burns, Byron, Shelley, Landor, Browning, Meredith and Yeats . . . From this time on, whatever else he may write, John Montague’s voice will always be raised in the ranks of the great poets of our literature.”
– Robin Skelton, Malahat Review

Additional information

Publication date:

1978

Pages:

63

Binding:

paperback