Welcome to the Liffey Press!

The Irish Landscape: An All-Ireland Exploration through Science and Literature by Peadar McArdle

More Views

The Irish Landscape: An All-Ireland Exploration through Science and Literature by Peadar McArdle

Regular Price: €22.95

Special Price €19.95

Availability: In stock

A captivating, county-by-county exploration of Ireland’s remarkable landscape and the impact it has had on Irish history and culture.
Description

Details

W. B. Yeats once said that it was his ambition that we would regard our local landscape as exciting. He was, of course, talking about the quartzite mountain, the limestone-floored lake or the sandstone ridge. But he meant much more than that. Is a warm hillside in summer the same as when it suffers a dark wintry storm? Surely our perceptions are shaped as much by our emotional response as by a hill’s physical make up. The geologist may have mastery of the rock, but it is the poet who opens our minds to a more inclusive understanding.

In this fascinating study, geologist Peadar McArdle shows how Patrick Kavanagh creates the link between Monaghan’s steep drumlins and the harsh parsimony of its people. The warm nostalgia of Oliver Goldsmith’s Auburn may find its origins in the Midland’s rich farmland. Bogs were for long considered the domain of the backward, but now, thanks partly to Seamus Heaney’s enriching insights, their image has been transformed to that of a cherished habitat. Louis MacNeice thought that Belfast’s dour basalt reflected the character of that city’s Protestants and, further south, W.B. Yeats considered that his childhood limestone influenced the simple charms of its inhabitants.

This captivating, county-by-county exploration will deepen and enhance our appreciation of Ireland’s remarkable landscape and the impact it has had on Irish history and culture.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Author McArdle, Peadar
Editor No
Print Format Paperback
ISBN-10 No
ISBN-13 978-1-908308-69-6
Illustrations None
Date of Publication April 15, 2015
Number of Pages 360

All content © The Liffey Press