VTU Review: Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences
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By Way of Old Petersburg: Desmond O’Grady and Russian Poetry


Authors:
Alla Kononova Tyumen University, Tyumen Oblast, Russia

Pages: 51-62
DOI: https://doi.org/10.54664/QQHT1491

Abstract:

The article takes on a direction which has great potential for further studies of contemporary Irish poetry: studying the work of Irish poets through their relation to Russian literature. It focuses on the reception and reimagining of Russian poetry in the work of Desmond O’Grady, one of the leading figures in Irish poetry, who started writing in mid-1950s. The article studies three poems by O’Grady which are addressed to his Russian counterparts: “Missing Andrei Voznesensky,” “Joseph Brodsky Visits Kinsale,” and “My City,” a translation from Anna Akhmatova’s “Poem without a Hero.” None of these poems has yet been subject of thorough critical analysis. Each of the poems has become a signpost on O’Grady’s poetic map and an important element of his own “private mythology.” When analysed in the wider context of Irish poetry, they help form a clearer picture of the influence Russian literature has had on contemporary Irish poets.

Keywords:

comparative literature, Irish literature, contemporary Irish poetry, Desmond O’Grady, Irish-Russian literary connections, Andrei Voznesensky, Joseph Brodsky, Anna Akhmatova

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