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The Penguin Book of Contemporary Irish Poetry

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The vitality, richness and range of Irish poetry over the last forty years, together with the strength of its traditions, are vividly demonstrated in this collection.The anthology includes generous selections of poems by such exemplary and celebrated figures as Thomas Kinsella, John Montague and Seamus Heaney and, among younger poets, Paul Muldoon, Paul Durcan and Nuala Ni The vitality, richness and range of Irish poetry over the last forty years, together with the strength of its traditions, are vividly demonstrated in this collection.The anthology includes generous selections of poems by such exemplary and celebrated figures as Thomas Kinsella, John Montague and Seamus Heaney and, among younger poets, Paul Muldoon, Paul Durcan and Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill. It introduces to an international audience a number of poets whose work is insufficiently known outside Ireland (representing, moreover, the dual traditions they inherit) and includes some poems in Irish, with translations. Irish poetry features at the forefront of modern writing in English, which these varied voices extend and enhance.


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The vitality, richness and range of Irish poetry over the last forty years, together with the strength of its traditions, are vividly demonstrated in this collection.The anthology includes generous selections of poems by such exemplary and celebrated figures as Thomas Kinsella, John Montague and Seamus Heaney and, among younger poets, Paul Muldoon, Paul Durcan and Nuala Ni The vitality, richness and range of Irish poetry over the last forty years, together with the strength of its traditions, are vividly demonstrated in this collection.The anthology includes generous selections of poems by such exemplary and celebrated figures as Thomas Kinsella, John Montague and Seamus Heaney and, among younger poets, Paul Muldoon, Paul Durcan and Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill. It introduces to an international audience a number of poets whose work is insufficiently known outside Ireland (representing, moreover, the dual traditions they inherit) and includes some poems in Irish, with translations. Irish poetry features at the forefront of modern writing in English, which these varied voices extend and enhance.

30 review for The Penguin Book of Contemporary Irish Poetry

  1. 5 out of 5

    Brandon

    I don’t really want to give this only three stars as the poetry is often as lovely as the blue-green beauty of its setting not without some acerbic wit and retrospective rage that comes with a history of famine and oppression and a continuous search for identity, but the lack of female poets (4 total amounting to ~30 pages out of the whole 35 authors and 450+ pages) is glaring.

  2. 4 out of 5

    R.

    Some of the work is astonishing.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sam Hicks

    I only counted three women out of thirty fivish poets. Published in 1990...perhaps that explains it. Nevertheless, some discoveries I will return to/seek out more from, amongst many I will avoid.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sinéad

    great but needs more women poets

  5. 4 out of 5

    Artifice Magazine

    Some of the work is astonishing.

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    Charlie

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    Krista

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    Jeremiah Blackman

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