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The Five Quintets - Micheal O'Siadhail - Google Books


https://books.google.com/books/about/The_Five_Quintets.html?id=1cDPtgEACAAJ

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On Sat, Mar 2, 2019 at 1:29 PM Richard Seddon <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Thanks
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> > On Mar 2, 2019, at 10:20 AM, Rick Parker <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >
> > https://www.firstthings.com/article/2019/03/an-irish-dante
> >
> > "A book-length poem modeled after Dante’s Divine Comedy and T. S.
> Eliot’s The Four Quartets is an ambitious project"
> >
> >
> > The Five Quintets
> > by Micheal O’Siadhail
> > Baylor, 381 pages, $34.95
> >
> > Sartre famously wrote that “hell is other people,” but for the poet
> Micheal O’Siadhail, hell is a highly specific group of other people. Among
> the damned are Franz Kafka, Karl Marx, and—you guessed it—a certain
> existentialist Frenchman, all of whom are punished for their role in
> launching modernity. But this hellscape is part of a larger project for
> O’Siadhail, a means of puzzling over the question, “How do we describe the
> contemporary world?” His answer is The Five Quintets, a poem spanning 400
> years of intellectual history. Mirroring Dante’s The Divine Comedy,
> O’Siadhail presents readers with a summation of the modern period, a Who’s
> Who in verse of the ways and whys that led to our particular moment in
> history.
> >
>