Bernard O’Donoghue

Forms of Exile

The Poetry of Derek Mahon

By

Oxford University Press 390pp £30 order from our bookshop

The number of critical books that can confidently take their place next to their subjects is small; this is certainly one of them. It is all the more remarkable given that the subject, Derek Mahon, is recognised universally as one of the great poets of his era, whose work, though admired and praised by all readers of poetry, has not received a due measure of sustained criticism. Haughton’s study is the first full-length analysis of Mahon, so it is a relief, as well as a pleasure, to find it so excellently done.

Sign Up to our newsletter

Receive free articles, highlights from the archive, news, details of prizes, and much more.

Follow Literary Review on Twitter

  • Last Tweets

    • 'One of the reasons for its longevity is that it has virtually nothing to say about science and technology at all,… ,
    • 'The characters in many of these stories are trapped in the obsessive present tense of their own thoughts; in the m… ,
    • 'Libraries, for much of their existence, have embodied in microcosm many of the characteristics of the totalitarian… ,
    • 'Moss and Cynthia buy several properties through which to launder their ill-gotten gains, take lots of drugs, have… ,
    • 'Never mind the imperial cult. This is the cult of Boris. What happened to Rome?' From the LR archive:… ,
    • Thirty-two years ago this month, we published Muriel Spark's short story, 'A Playhouse Called Remarkable' Read it… ,
    • Time travel, bicycles and white horses populate @WomackPhilip's roundup of children's books by @marcussedgwick,… ,