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Michael O’Sullivan

values – is quite different to that of the nature of the central tradition of English poetry’. Corkery argues, for Ó Tuama, that ‘Irish/Gaelic poetry of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries inclined more to the modes of medieval European poetry’ and that the ‘critical approaches to an evaluation of English post-Renaissance poetry were not always the approaches appropriate to a consideration of Irish poetry’ (1995a:246). This is a complex observation that also suggests that Irish literature in English steeped as it often is in the cadences and myths of this Irish

in The humanities and the Irish university