Making Integral : Critical essays on Richard Murphy edited by Benjamin Keatinge
Richard Murphy’s poetry is central to the evolution of Irish poetry since 1950. These original essays offer new insights into Murphy’s poetic preoccupations – love and loss, nature and solitude, history and inheritance – showing how Richard Murphy’s life and work follow the contours of modern Ireland. With the publication of The Pleasure Ground: Poems 1952–2012 (2013) and the reissue of his celebrated memoir The Kick (Cork UP, 2017), this is a timely reconsideration of an important Irish poet.
Making Integral offers a substantial and comprehensive account of Murphy’s poetry and accompanying memoirs, and marshals a number of scholars who each focus on a particular element of Murphy’s output. The resulting volume will be a valuable resource for any future study of Murphy’s work, and is also likely to have a tangential bearing on broad treatments of late twentieth-century poetry in Ireland. Peter Denman, Professor Emeritus, Department of English, Maynooth University
This volume represents not only a fitting memorial to an important Irish poet of the second half of the twentieth century (and beyond), but also an appraisal of his entire oeuvre. Professor Alex Davis, School of English, University College Cork