Michael Longley's father: memory, mourning and history
Estudios Irlandese, 7, .
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Michael Longley's father has been a recurring presence in the poet's work from his earliest to his most recent collection. The article examines the exceptional strength of that bond reflected in the varying and changing ways in which the poet has responded to it - memorising and mourning his loss; discovering through his father's First World War stories a means of memorialising loss of life in contemporary conflicts and a way of facing the history of the 20th century; confronting his own ageing and mortality; and marking the specific, but also representative, generational history of his family.
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