Suburbia and Irish Poetry

  • Catherine KilcoyneEmail author
Part of the New Directions in Irish and Irish American Literature book series (NDIIAL)


The chapter examines how the work of Irish poets W.B. Yeats, Patrick Kavanagh, Eavan Boland, Derek Mahon, and Medbh McGuckian track and constitute the plethoric meanings of Irish suburbia in various locations and through different historical phases. It reveals that suburbia was an enabling force in the artistic growth of these poets; notably, each of these poets uses the evolving terrain of the suburbs to interrogate the relationship between home, identity, language, and art.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of English, Drama and FilmUniversity College DublinDublinIreland

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