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Forgotten beauty - Irish love poetry across the centuries
Brian Lalor
Gill Books
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Forgotten Beauty is an anthology of Irishlove poetry from over fifteen hundred years of Irish writing, presenting the work of famous and lesser known writers. The poems express the loves and longings of Irish poets in language that is at once beautiful, evocative, passionate and deeply meaningful. If there is a continuity in Irish love poetry over the centuries, it lies in the sheer complexity of the writers' approach to the subject: loving and leaving, wooing and wishing, finding love or falling out of love.

In the nine sections of the anthology, each arranged chronologically, the poets' engagement with their lovers are charted across all the ups and downs of human relations with wit and compassion. Beginning with Dialogues, in which the individual couples' voices are heard speaking of their passions, the poets wrestle through the pangs of Love Declared and Love Denied. The erotic is found in Eros, while Youth and Age are areas of conflict for lovers. The closeness of belonging is found in Relationships, confirmed and developed in Domestic Love. Troubled Love redraws the battleground of emotional intensity and, finally, Dead Loves mourns lost loved ones.

The Irish artists whose paintings accompany the poems are drawn from the seventeenth century to the present. Their work expands on, confirms or contrasts in various ways with the poems, creating dynamic exchanges between poet and painter. Both in their various ways celebrate the human emotions and relish the beauty and truth to be found in the meeting of the visual imagewith the written word.

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Writer and artist Brian Lalor headed ateam of nine hundred contributors as

General Editor of The Encyclopaedia ofIreland (2003), which won the Association

of American University Presses award forbest reference work in the humanities, andthe American Library Association listingas best single volume work of reference.

He is the author of books on architecture,travel and autobiography, many of whichhe has illustrated. Some of his more recentpublications include a study of medievalarchitecture, The Irish Round Tower (1999),a fully illustrated edition of Oscar Wilde'sThe Ballad of Reading Gaol (1997), and TheLaugh of Lost Men, an Irish Journey (1997).

In 2004 he won the International SwiftSociety Award for Juvenalian satire. Ink-

Stained Hands (2011) is a pioneering studyof Irish twentieth-century printmaking. As a fine-art printmaker, his work has been exhibited internationally, and he lectures on the history of printmaking. In a previous incarnation he worked as a specialist in classical archaeology, and made important contributions to the archaeology of Jerusalem. He lives in West Cork.

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Love poetry, English - Irish authors.|Love poetry, Irish - Translations into English.
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