Intertextual Relations in Northern Irish Poetry
Distributed for Liverpool University Press
Using collections of the poets’ papers made only recently available, Alcobia-Murphy focuses on the oblique, subtle strategies they apply to critique contemporary political issues. He employs the concept of sympathetic ink, or invisible ink, arguing that rather than avoiding politics, these poets have, via complex intertextual references and resonances, woven them deeply into the formal construction of their works.
Acute and learned, Sympathetic Ink will serve as a perfect introduction to these crucial figures of Irish poetry.