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The Hidden World of Poetry: Unravelling Celtic Mythology in Contemporary Irish Poetry (Salmon Poetry) by Adam Wyeth (2014-04-23)

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The Hidden World of Poetry: Unravelling Celtic Mythology in Contemporary Irish Poetry (Salmon Poetry) by Adam Wyeth (2014-04-23)

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  • By Michael Mckeown on 7 July 2014

    In his compelling and thought-provoking new book the Hidden World of Poetry, Adam Wyeth examines the rich strands of history, mythology, folklore and traditional song that lie at the heart of contemporary Irish poetry. Even though much of early Celtic history remains unchronicled its legacy survives through tales handed down orally through successive generations by bards and wandering minstrels and as Wyeth perceptively notes in his introduction: The Hidden World of Poetry is also the Celtic World of Poetry.In these sixteen short essays on modern Irish poets, the author demonstrates that however much their focus is engaged with the myriad, complex facets of contemporary life, their verses resonate with echoes of ancient ancestral voices.In this discerning and many-layered book Wyeth .touches upon the love and respect for natural beauty inherent in Irish poetry. Just as interconnectedness defines ecosystems, so the ancient Celts were deeply aware of the interconnectivity relationships of all forms of life. ”They revered all the elements,” Wyeth notes,” because they knew they sustained all life.” All water - lakes, rivers, streams and wells - were regarded as a symbol of life. Dublin born Paula Meehan, whose poetry is ‘a cocktail of the real and fairy-tale,’ makes reference to this in her collection of verses “Painting the Rain,” in which she focuses on the all but irreversible damage we have unleashed on the environment through ignorance and unrestrained greed.The Hidden World of Poetry is an exceptionally informed and illuminating book packed with enough cultural lore, learning, poetic fancy and observation as to make every page a voyage of discovery.

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