Irish Poems

Irish Poems

Book - 2011
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"From the romantic ballad to the rebel song, from devotional Christian verse to revivals of ancient Celtic myth, poetry has long been Ireland s most eloquent response to its turbulent and colorful history. Irish Poems gives us a dazzling selection from a long and distinguished poetic tradition, ranging from the earliest Gaelic bards up to the present. Organized around such themes as politics, religion, Gaelic culture, the Irish landscape, and matters of the heart, the poems collected here come from a wide range of writers old and new, including such literary giants as Jonathan Swift, Oliver Goldsmith, Oscar Wilde, W. B. Yeats, J. M. Synge, Samuel Beckett, Louis MacNeice, Patrick Kavanagh, Paul Muldoon, Evan Boland, Seamus Heaney, and many more."
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011
ISBN: 9780307594983
030759498X
Branch Call Number: 821 IRISH
Characteristics: 240 p. ; 17 cm
Additional Contributors: McGuire, Matthew

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Dec 03, 2016

* From fairy tales to prayers, from pub songs to political statements, there is something here for everyone.

* Even though it's a small book, it demands time and concentration. I spent about two months slowly working my way through this book.

* The book has great scope: it covers 15 centuries of Irish poetry. Personally, I enjoyed the modern selections the most. I think I would have understood the older poems better if the book had included notes on vocabulary and historic background.

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