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date: 25 February 2021

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‘The Poetry of Recovery and Memory’ explores how eight contemporary poets—Pauline Stainer, Kathleen Jamie, Andrew Waterhouse, Ian Duhig, Don Paterson, Robin Robertson, Lavinia Greenlaw, and Peter Reading—engage with or reinvent a medieval past which is distinctively Northern, whether Irish or British. It is argued that they write in a closely defined tradition of difficult, allusive, and fundamentally nationalist poetry which can be traced back through the work of such poets as Heaney, Hughes, and Hill; David Jones and Hugh MacDiarmid; and extending even to Thomas Gray and William Blake. The Northern medieval pasts of the eight poets are recovered or memorialized through the poets’ knowledge of Anglo-Saxon and Old Norse history and literature, of Old Norse myth, and of medieval archaeology.

Keywords: poetry, mythology, archaeology, history, Old English, Old Norse, memory, the North

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