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Bernard O'Donoghue - Author

About the Author

Bernard O'Donoghue was born in Cullen, Co. Cork in 1945. He is a Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford, where he teaches Medieval English. He has published four collections of poetry, The Weakness (1991), Gunpowder winner of the 1995 Whitbread Award for Poetry), Here Nor There (1999) and Outliving (2003). His Selected Poems was published by Faber in 2008.

Featured books by Bernard O'Donoghue

Farmers Cross

Farmers Cross

Author: Bernard O'Donoghue Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/06/2011

Shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize for Poetry 2011. This book brings together subtle and moving meditations on exile and belonging, travel and home, and honours many friends and loved ones along the way. In a series of poems that frequently recall the south-west Ireland of the author's childhood, Farmers Cross shows the author writing at his visionary and lyrical best.

Other books by Bernard O'Donoghue

The Seasons of Cullen Church

The Seasons of Cullen Church

Author: Bernard O'Donoghue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2018

Shortlisted for the 2016 T. S. Eliot Prize, this new collection of expert lyric poems from Whitbread Poetry Award winner Bernard O'Donoghue movingly animates the scenery and characters of his childhood in County Cork. The mythologies of family are here: the relative who maybe emigrated to America to be 'set upon at his arrival / for the few pounds sewn inside his coat'; the memory of 'Barty, a hopeless speller', caned so hard he dances; the big top come to the town park; the stolen apples raided from the orchard near the old school. Here too are the collective myths, the groundwater of older texts - Virgil's Aeneid, the Riddles of the Exeter Book, Dante's Purgatorio, the lives of the ancients and the gods - all of which in O'Donoghue's dexterous and discerning care reach forward from their long-ago origins to echo down our own lives. Many of these poems speak in elegy: for Connolly's Bookshop - closed down and mourned - or for lost friends; for the nostalgic places to which one cannot return, the field-corners and long roads of the deep past: 'So wistful is the recognition now / of the places that I hardly noted'. The stunning title piece, and the deft and poignant poems that make up this collection, will confirm O'Donoghue's place as one of the most approachable and agile voices in contemporary Irish and British poetry. 'I'm fascinated by O'Donoghue's wry vision, his infinitely gentle manner of displacing our more predictable reactions to things as they are so that we glimpse their underlying tragedy.' Tom Paulin

Seamus Heaney and the Language Of Poetry

Seamus Heaney and the Language Of Poetry

Author: Bernard O'Donoghue Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/06/2017

This book scrutinizes Heaney's language in order to examine his theory of poetry and the writer's responsibility to art and politics. The author, himself a poet, works chronologically through the poetry and discusses it in light of Heaney's writings on the appropriate language of poetry. Chapters also look at Heaney's language and at the government of the tongue.

The Seasons of Cullen Church

The Seasons of Cullen Church

Author: Bernard O'Donoghue Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/07/2016

Shortlisted for the 2016 T. S. Eliot Prize, this new collection of expert lyric poems from Whitbread Poetry Award winner Bernard O'Donoghue movingly animates the scenery and characters of his childhood in County Cork. The mythologies of family are here: the relative who maybe emigrated to America to be 'set upon at his arrival / for the few pounds sewn inside his coat'; the memory of 'Barty, a hopeless speller', caned so hard he dances; the big top come to the town park; the stolen apples raided from the orchard near the old school. Here too are the collective myths, the groundwater of older texts - Virgil's Aeneid, the Riddles of the Exeter Book, Dante's Purgatorio, the lives of the ancients and the gods - all of which in O'Donoghue's dexterous and discerning care reach forward from their long-ago origins to echo down our own lives. Many of these poems speak in elegy: for Connolly's Bookshop - closed down and mourned - or for lost friends; for the nostalgic places to which one cannot return, the field-corners and long roads of the deep past: 'So wistful is the recognition now / of the places that I hardly noted'. The stunning title piece, and the deft and poignant poems that make up this collection, will confirm O'Donoghue's place as one of the most approachable and agile voices in contemporary Irish and British poetry. 'I'm fascinated by O'Donoghue's wry vision, his infinitely gentle manner of displacing our more predictable reactions to things as they are so that we glimpse their underlying tragedy.' Tom Paulin

Reading Chaucer's Poems A Guided Selection

Reading Chaucer's Poems A Guided Selection

Author: Bernard O'Donoghue, Geoffrey Chaucer Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/08/2015

Geoffrey Chaucer is rightly regarded as the Father of English Literature. His observant wit, his narrative skill and characterization, his linguistic invention, have been a well from which the language's greatest writers have drawn: Shakespeare, Pope, Austen, Dickens among them. A courtier, a trade emissary and diplomat, he fought in the Hundred Years War and was captured and ransomed; his marriage into the family of John of Gaunt ensured his influence in political society. For more than a decade, he was engaged on his most famous work of all, The Canterbury Tales, until his death around 1400; there is no record of the precise date or the circumstances of his demise, despite vivid and colourful speculation. Bernard O'Donoghue is one of the country's leading poets and medievalists. His accessible new selection includes a linking commentary on the chosen texts, together with a comprehensive line-for-line glossary that makes this the most approachable and accessible introduction to Chaucer that readers can buy.

Farmers Cross

Farmers Cross

Author: Bernard O'Donoghue Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/06/2011

Shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize for Poetry 2011. This book brings together subtle and moving meditations on exile and belonging, travel and home, and honours many friends and loved ones along the way. In a series of poems that frequently recall the south-west Ireland of the author's childhood, Farmers Cross shows the author writing at his visionary and lyrical best.

Selected Poems Bernard O'Donoghue

Selected Poems Bernard O'Donoghue

Author: Bernard O'Donoghue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2008

Winner of the Whitbread Prize for Poetry, Bernard O'Donoghue's poems have long captivated readers with their lyricism, their grace and with what John Burnside has called their 'scrupulous honesty'. This judicious selection, made by the author himself, draws on twenty years of work and presents O'Donoghue at his most mesmeric: often recalling the rural Cork of his upbringing as seen against the exile of his adulthood, ever alive to the desire but impossibility of return.

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Author: Bernard O'Donoghue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2006

Composed during the fourteenth century in the English Midlands, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight describes the events that follow when a mysterious green-coloured knight rides into King Arthur's Camelot in deep mid-winter. The mighty knight presents a challenge to the court: he will allow himself to be struck by one blow, on the condition that he will be allowed to return the strike on the following New Year's Eve. Sir Gawain takes up the challenge, decapitating the stranger - only to see the Green Knight seize up his own severed head and ride away, leaving Gawain to seek him out and honour their pact. Blending Celtic myth and Christian faith, Gawain is among the greatest Middle English poems: a tale of magic, chivalry and seduction.

Oxford Poets Anthology: 2001

Oxford Poets Anthology: 2001

Author: Bernard O'Donoghue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/10/2001

Oxford'Poets' 2001 , the second Oxford'Poets' anthology, fulfils two functions. It reminds readers of some of the leading new and older figures on the Oxford list, including substantial extracts from their work in progress. It also continues the work that the first anthology so notably did, introducing poetry by new writers, but now in the context of the Oxford'Poets' list as a whole. The variety of work - in its provenance, its formal choices, its thematic concerns - is impressive. All the poems here are marked by keen intelligence of purpose and design, however various those purposes are and experimental or traditional the designs. The anthology, while reaffirming the rich tradition of the Oxford list, now under the imprint of Carcanet and in association with the English Faculty of the University of Oxford, also breaks new ground. First collections that have followed from the Oxford'Poets' anthology of 2000 include those of Rebecce Elson and, in the next catalogue, Joe Sheerin.

Oxford Poets Anthology: 2000

Oxford Poets Anthology: 2000

Author: Bernard O'Donoghue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/11/2000

The first Oxford Poets anthology introduces the work of six writers whose poems extend the rich tradition of the Oxford list, now continuing to develop through Carcanet in association with the English Faculty, Oxford University. The Oxford Poets editorial panel makes the selection, acknowledging promise and achievement. There is no editorial programme or ideology beyond a desire to represent the best. Drawing on a wealth of submitted manuscript material the editors chose what they found most compelling in terms of formal and rhythmic invention. Verse metered or unmetered, rhymed or unrhyming, with sure or fragmented syntax, makes specific claims. The poem, not the poet, answers.

Gunpowder

Gunpowder

Author: Bernard O'Donoghue Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/08/1995

Seamus Heaney and the Language Of Poetry

Seamus Heaney and the Language Of Poetry

Author: Bernard O'Donoghue Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/07/1994

This book scrutinizes Heaney's language in order to examine his theory of poetry and the writer's responsibility to art and politics. The author, himself a poet, works chronologically through the poetry and discusses it in light of Heaney's writings on the appropriate language of poetry. Chapters also look at Heaney's language and at the government of the tongue.

The Weakness

The Weakness

Author: Bernard O'Donoghue Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/10/1991

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