The New Oxford Book of Irish Verse

The New Oxford Book of Irish Verse

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This anthology presents the Irish tradition as a unity: verse in Irish and English, usually regarded separately, are shown as elements in a shared and often painful history. The selection is in three parts: it begins with earliest, pre-Christian times and the first poetry in English from the fourteenth century; moves on to Irish bardic poetry and English poetry in the era of Swift and Goldsmith; and closes with nineteenth- and twentieth-century poets, from Davis, Mangan, Yeats, and Ferguson to Austin Clarke, Patrick Kavanagh, and Seamus more

Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 28mm | 322.05g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0192801929
  • 9780192801920
  • 691,135

About Thomas Kinsella

Thomas Kinsella is a poet and translator. Among his publications are 'Blood and Family', 'From Centre City', and a translation of 'The Tain' (Oxford University Press).show more

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Review from previous edition `the first coherent attempt to present the entire range of Irish poetry in both languages to an English speaking readership ... [a] really magnificent achievement.' Irish Times `For a practical demonstration of the Irishness of Irish its many beautiful manifestations, one can turn with confidence to Thomas Kinsella's selection' Financial Timesshow more

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