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18 September 2014

Dao is building a collection of essays about poetry and profiles of poets, offering a disability perspective. So far we've published an article by Owen Lowery on a selection of war poets; a profile of George MacKay-Brown by Richard Longstaff, personal explorations of the first three collections of Seamus Heaney by Anthony Hurford an essay analysing Wilfred Owen's anti-war poem 'Disabled' by Emmeline Burdett and a profile of the 'rebel' poet Kazi Nazrul Islam by Debjani Chatterjee

 

Profile: Kazi Nazrul Islam (1899 – 1976)

Kazi Nazrul Islam (1899 – 1976)

6 January 2015

Kazi Nazrul Islam (1899 – 1976) was a Bengali polymath, poet, writer, musician and revolutionary. Popularly known as Nazrul, his poetry and music espoused Indo-Islamic renaissance and intense spiritual rebellion against fascism and oppression. Debjani Chatterjee gives an account of the influence of his poetry on her life and career as a poet whose work creates a bridge between two continents.

Essay: The anti-war poem ‘Disabled’ by Wilfred Owen

The anti-war poem ‘Disabled’ by Wilfred Owen

19 September 2014

Emmeline Burdett gives an analysis of one of the most famous anti-war poems of all time from the hand of the First World War Poet, Wilfred Owen. In a bid to evoke what Owen called ‘the pity of War’ the poem ‘Disabled’ gives impairment an emblematic status which, argues Burdett, impacts on attitudes today.

Essay: the war poetry of Keith Douglas, Alan Ross, and Wilfred Owen

The war poetry of Keith Douglas, Alan Ross, Wilfred Owen and Edward Thomas

20 May 2014

Owen Lowery, author of Otherwise Unchanged, published by Carcanet, and recipient of a recent Unlimited award offers a critique of the war poetry of Keith Douglas, Alan Ross, Wilfred Owen and Edward Thomas. In contrasting the styles of these poets recording their experience of war, Lowery examines his own approach to recording the impact of impairment ‘in extremis’

Profile: George McKay Brown: No Man is an Island

9 May 2014

Described as the Bard of Orkney, George MacKay Brown (b. 1921, d. 1996) is considered one of the great Scottish poets of the 20th century. Here Richard Longstaff gives a brief history of the man and his poetry

Profile: Seamus Heaney: Door into the Dark

3 April 2014

Seamus Heaney (b. 1939, d. 2013) was a poet, playwright, translator and lecturer, and the recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature. He was the author of over 20 volumes of poetry and criticism, and edited several widely used anthologies. Anthony Hurford reflects on the poets second collection Door into the Dark, which evokes the poets early rural life in Northern Ireland

Profile: Seamus Heaney: Wintering Out

9 February 2014

Seamus Heaney (b. 1939, d. 2013) was a poet, playwright, translator and lecturer, and the recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature. He was the author of over 20 volumes of poetry and criticism, and edited several widely used anthologies. Anthony Hurford reflects on the poets third collection Wintering Out, which explores the poets relationship to the land.

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