Paul Durcan Sample Answer & Notes: Rich Insights Into Human Experience

Durcan communicates rich insights into human experience using language that is both accessible and appealing. Discuss this statement, supporting your answer with reference to the poetry of Paul Durcan on your course.
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Paul Durcan’s poetry is recent, novel and refreshing. His insights are presented grotesquely and cuttingly at times, but his poetry is full of balanced subtlety on closer examination. The poet writes unreservedly and openly about personal and social issues. His subject matter touches upon many sensitive aspects of the human experience: love for one’s wife and children, love for one’s country, religious faith, breakdown of marriage, difficulties in his relationship with his father and homelessness to name a few. His language is different to what one expects from a poem: it is both simple and complex in its own unique way, but invariably accessible and appealing. I would like to elaborate on this statement using the poems Nessa, “Windfall”, 8 Parnell Hill, Cork, The Difficulty That Is Marriage, Wife Who Smashed Television Gets Jail, Parents, En Famille, 1979, Madman and Sport.

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