Under the Rainbow

Richard Kell

About the book…

'Kell chisels a poetry of controlled passion... What is most moving about his poetry is its unstated motif of human fortitude... Always he is a technician, a man in love with the musical scope of his art...' -Anne Stevenson'Kell is as good as any Irish poet writing today ...' -Robert HoganHis first new collection since the critically well-received Rock and Water (1993), Under the Rainbow sees Richard Kell consolidating the achievement of his recently published Collected Poems 1962-1993.Part One of Under the Rainbow offers poems of immediate or remembered experience, a few of them elegiac. Part Two is personal in a broader and more reflective way. It is also dramatic, in the sense that various imaginary speakers - sometimes writers - express their thoughts and feelings about nature, humanity and the divine. One of the often conflicting voices is that of spiritual hope, with which the collection ends.Under the Rainbow is a compelling and moving collection from one of Ireland's most assured voices.

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About the author…

Richard Kell was born in Co. Cork in 1927. After spending five years in India he was educated in Ireland. In 1983 he retired from his post as a senior lecturer in English Literature to devote more time to creative work. He has produced five individual volumes of poetry: Control Tower (1962), Differences (1969), The Broken Circle (1981), In Praise of Warmth: New & Selected Poems (1987) and Rock and Water (1993).