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A Lil Bit of Lit Crit: Richard Murphy

A Lil Bit of Lit Crit: Richard Murphy

…il hits the water. She luffs to a squall; is struck; and shudders. Someone is shouting. The boom, weak as scissors, Has snapped. The boatman is praying.” In using the image of sea within much of his poetry, Richard Murphy captivates readers with his remarkable ability to communicate the impact of a scene of action while simultaneously bringing to light the issue of identity. -Posted by Kelly…

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Collected Poems 1952–2000 | Richard Murphy

Collected Poems 1952–2000 | Richard Murphy

…into focus the wide poetic range—geographical, formal, and tonal—of which Richard Murphy is master. Shortlisted for the Irish Times Literature Prize in Poetry, 2001 Reviews “Where should one begin to impress the importance of Murphy for anglophone poetry in general? . . . With the publication of this book the time has come to instate Richard Murphy as one of the most important Irish poets of the last century.” – Sewanee Review “His poems, often i…

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Richard Murphy

Richard Murphy

…rica before moving to Sri Lanka, where he lived until the end of his life. Richard Murphy’s many volumes of poetry include The Archaeology of Love (1955); Sailing to an Ireland (1955, 1963, 1968); The Battle of Aughrim and The God Who Eats Corn (1968); Selected Poems (1979); The Price of Stone and Earlier Poems (1985); New Selected Poems (1989); The Mirror Wall (1989); and Collected Poems (2000). His poetry has also been collected in several antho…

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Richard Murphy, 1927–2018

…It is with great sadness that Wake Forest University has learned of the poet Richard Murphy’s death. We were proud to be his American publisher, releasing The Price of Stone and Earlier Poems in 1985, The Mirror Wall in 1989, and his Collected Poems in 2001. As Michael Longley noted, “Richard Murphy continues to be a poet of great fortitude and resource, one of the finest of our time.”…

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The Price of Stone and Earlier Poems

The Price of Stone and Earlier Poems

…– Joseph Sendry, Irish University Review “I welcome The Price of Stone as Richard Murphy’s best collection so far. From book to book, in fact, Murphy has made his language more supple, more inclusive, drawing deeper and more complex areas of his identity into the light . . . Witty, inventive, fit—the language of The Price of Stone is full of such remarkable animations.” – Eamon Grennan, Finding Irish Poetry in the Twentieth Century “We can live w…

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The Mirror Wall

The Mirror Wall

…h vivid clarity, and agile nuances of tone.” – Andrew Waterman, PN Review “Richard Murphy’s verse is classical in a way that demonstrates what the classical strengths really are. It combines a high music with simplicity, force and directness in dealing with the world of action. He has the gift of epic objectivity: behind his poems we feel not the assertion of his personality, but the actuality of events, the facts and sufferings of history.” – Ted…

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Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

…s a major poet in the generation after Thomas Kinsella, John Montague, and Richard Murphy, but also as the foremost female poet now writing in Ireland and Great Britain. In 1992, she was awarded the prestigious O’Shaughnessy Poetry Award by The Irish American Cultural Institute. Her most recent volume, The Boys of Bluehill (2015), was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection. Her previous volumes include Acts and Monuments (1966), whi…

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