Detached Lyricism and Universal Rootedness: A Critical Introduction to the Poetry of Pat Boran
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AuthorVillar Argáiz, Pilar
Firenze University Press
Contemporary Irish PoetryIrish HaikusMasculinityPat Boran
Villar-Argáiz, P. (2019). Detached Lyricism and Universal Rootedness: A Critical Introduction to the Poetry of Pat Boran. Studi Irlandesi. A Journal of Irish Studies, 9(9), 547-562.
Pat Boran is one of the most versatile, polyvalent and innovative voices in contemporary Irish poetry. In spite of his prolific career as a poet, editor, and fiction writer, and the positive reviews his work has received over the years (i.e. Smith 2007; Linke 2009; Dempsey 2011; Cornejo 2016; Kehoe 2018), Boran has received very little critical attention in Irish Studies. This critical introduction intends to cover this gap in academia, by offering a more detailed critical appraisal of a poetic voice largely underrated within Irish literary criticism, as O’Driscoll (2007, xiv-xv) laments in his introduction to his Selected Poems. In particular, I will offer a brief critical overview of Boran’s six collections of poetry, and I will concentrate on several aspects which seem to distinguish him as a writer: his sense of “detached lyricism” (that is to say, his intensive biographical but at the same time impersonal style); the importance that local rootedness exerts in his work; and his idiosyncratic way of handling themes such as masculinity.