Adam Wyeth Silent Music
Adam Wyeth Biography

Adam's forthcoming book,
The Hidden World of Poetry: Unravelling Celtic mythology in Contemporary Irish Poetry is due out soon with Salmon Poetry.

Silent Music by Adam Wyeth

ISBN: 978-1-908836-56-4
Publisher: Salmon Poetry
Page Count: 148
Published: October 18, 2013
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The Hidden World of Poetry: Unravelling Celtic mythology in contemporary Irish poetry

"The Hidden World of Poetry" is a unique book, for poetry lovers and for readers new to poetry, that unravels the many rich and varied ancient Celtic legends through contemporary Irish poetry. Each chapter begins with a poem by one of Ireland's leading contemporary poets, which is then commentated on, introducing first the poet and then going into meticulous detail the making of the poem and its references. As well as illuminating the inner workings of poetry, the reader will discover a wealth of Celtic myths, their gods, heroes and folklore, as well as insights into ancient Celtic society.

By delving into the poet's words and unravelling the myths and legends, these accessible close readings reveal how Ireland's ancient Celtic culture still plays a part central to its identity in the 21st century. The Hidden World of Poetry delves to the bottom of language and brings to light why poetry is central to Irish culture as one of the highest expressions of art. Through clear and detailed analysis, Wyeth's close readings give readers the tools they need to better understand and enjoy poetry, while throwing light on Ireland's rich and colourful ancient heritage.

Poets in the book include, Derek Mahon, Seamus Heaney, Eavan Boland, Paul Muldoon, Paula Meehan, Matthew Sweeney, Leanne O'Sullivan, Maurice Riordan, Nuala Ni Dhomhnail, Bernard O'Donoghue, Eilean Ni Chuilleanain, Paul Durcan, Mary O'Malley, Patricia Monaghan, John Ennis, Desmond O'Grady.


'A gifted commentator/close reader. "A hearer and heartener." Seamus Heaney

'Wyeth's book gives sharp and shrewd readings of contemporary poems, revealing mythic and folkloric underpinnings that might not be immediately obvious to the non-specialist reader.'
Patricia Monaghan, Author of The Encyclopedia of Celtic mythology and Folklore.