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An Introduction to Modern Irish Poetry


Over the last two centuries, Ireland has produced some of the world’s most outstanding and best-loved poets, from Thomas Moore to W. B. Yeats to Seamus Heaney. This introduction not only provides an essential overview of the history and development of poetry in Ireland, but also offers new approaches to aspects of the field. Justin Quinn argues that the language issues of Irish poetry have been misconceived and re-examines the divide between Gaelic and Anglophone poetry. Quinn suggests an alternative to both nationalist and revisionist interpretations and fundamentally challenges existing ideas of Irish poetry. This lucid book offers a rich contextual background against which to read the individual works, and pays close attention to the major poems and poets. Readers and students of Irish poetry will learn much from Quinn’s sharp and critically acute account.




1.The appearance of Ireland

 Thomas Moore, J. J. Callanan, James Clarence

2.Tennyson’s Ireland

James Henry, Samuel Ferguson, William Allingham


 Douglas Hyde, Katharine Tynan, Ethna Carbery, Emily Lawless, Eva Gore-Booth, Padraic Colum, Susan L. Mitchell, Francis Ledwidge, J. M. Synge, Oscar Wilde

4.W. B. Yeats

5.Wild earth

 Padraic Colum, Austin Clarke, Patrick
Kavanagh, Louis MacNeice

6.The ends of Modernism: Kinsella and Irish experiment

Denis Devlin, Brian Coffey, Thomas Kinsella, John Montague, Trevor Joyce, Randolph Healy, Maurice Scully

7.Ireland’s Empire

 Richard Murphy, Derek Mahon, Michael Longley

8.Seamus Heaney

9.Irsko po Polsku: poetry and translation

 Seán Ó Ríordáin, Máirtín Ó Direáin, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Gearóid Mac Lochlainn, Michael Hartnett, Michael Longley, Derek Mahon, Peter Fallon, Aidan Rooney, Samuel Beckett

10.Feminism and Irish poetry

Eavan Boland, Paula Meehan, Catherine Walsh, Medbh McGuckian, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

11.Out of Ireland: Muldoon and other émigrés

Paul Muldoon, Greg Delanty, Eavan Boland, Peter Fallon, Eamon Grennan, Harry Clifton, Peter McDonald, Tom Paulin, Bernard O’Donoghue, Ian Duhig

12.The disappearance of Ireland

 Paul Durcan, Dennis O’Driscoll, Kevin Higgins, Ciaran Carson, Peter Sirr, Sinéad Morrissey, David Wheatley, Vona Groarke, Conor O’Callaghan, Caitríona O’Reilly

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