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date: 11 December 2019

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This chapter presents a stylistic analysis of modern Irish poetry. Stylistics focuses on what writers do with and through language, and on the raw materials out of which literary discourse is crafted. For example, the stylistic analysis of metaphor in poetry is based on the crucial understanding that metaphor, while endemic to all human communication and understanding, manifests in special ways in poetry. Thus, poetic creativity must be measured against the more unrefined resources that frame it, against the everyday and the commonplace in language. This chapter describes the basic organising principles of the stylistic method, focusing on different levels and layers in language structure. It presents examples from the work of modern Irish poets, including Sinéad Morrissey and Louis MacNeice, to illustrate each area of language organisation.

Keywords: stylistics, Irish poetry, language, poets, Sinéad Morrissey, Louis MacNeice

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