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Collected here is a comprehensive representation of Irish poetic achievement in the 20th and 21st centuries, from poets such as Austin Clarke and Samuel Beckett who were writing while Yeats and Joyce were still living; to those who came of age in the turbulent '60s as sectarian violence escalated. Collected here is a comprehensive representation of Irish poetic achievement in the 20th and 21st centuries, from poets such as Austin Clarke and Samuel Beckett who were writing while Yeats and Joyce were still living; to those who came of age in the turbulent '60s as sectarian violence escalated.


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Collected here is a comprehensive representation of Irish poetic achievement in the 20th and 21st centuries, from poets such as Austin Clarke and Samuel Beckett who were writing while Yeats and Joyce were still living; to those who came of age in the turbulent '60s as sectarian violence escalated. Collected here is a comprehensive representation of Irish poetic achievement in the 20th and 21st centuries, from poets such as Austin Clarke and Samuel Beckett who were writing while Yeats and Joyce were still living; to those who came of age in the turbulent '60s as sectarian violence escalated.

30 review for An Anthology of Modern Irish Poetry

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    2.25/5stars I’m sorry I just don’t get or enjoy poetry

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rosanne

    Promising anthology with an overall of 50 Irish poets. However, only 9 over those 50 are Irish women poets, which is kind of disappointing for an anthology published in 2011...

  3. 5 out of 5

    skylar lokota

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  4. 4 out of 5

    Scott Pomfret

    This morning I finished the book longest on my "in progress" list: an anthology of modern Irish poetry (Wes Davis, editor). For four years, I have been nibbling and sampling this heavy brick-ish tome, and it has been an unceasing, if uneven, source of delight and discovery. It's hard to count the number of "new favorite poets" I discovered -- and branched out and bought more of the work of each. Perhaps most interesting is the arc of Irish poetry depicted here, which itself makes a long discursi This morning I finished the book longest on my "in progress" list: an anthology of modern Irish poetry (Wes Davis, editor). For four years, I have been nibbling and sampling this heavy brick-ish tome, and it has been an unceasing, if uneven, source of delight and discovery. It's hard to count the number of "new favorite poets" I discovered -- and branched out and bought more of the work of each. Perhaps most interesting is the arc of Irish poetry depicted here, which itself makes a long discursive poem tracing various concerns in multiple styles and moods: fairies, foreigners, the sea, lament, love illicit and otherwise, peace, terror. As the ultimate (meaning youngest in this volume, which is organized chronologically by the date of the poet's birth) poet wrote, a common theme throughout is the Irish soul with its "off-beat headstrong suicidal charm." Travel/exile is a constant theme here; some of the younger poets (but not all) seem to lose anything distinctively Irish in their poetry. The sense of terroir is lost in a heady internationalism. Some of Davis's selections seem less inspired; they seem out of place among more distinctive neighbors. But for all that this collection is a worthy and warranted investment of time and patience. After four years I still wish there was more left to read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Luke

    This is an excellent anthology, and I enjoy dipping into it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Leif

    Perhaps the best anthology of Irish verse I can think of – with some stiff competition, I should add.

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    John

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    Lisa Maldonado

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    Kate✨

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    Patrick

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    Lucy

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    James Hughes

  18. 5 out of 5

    Evangeline

    what a wild ride. my favorite part was the poem that dissected the anatomy of grief and death, and then the very next poem was about a snail in its prime. lol what a great time. loved it.

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    Ian Schuster

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    Elizabeth

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    Maddie Collins

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    Cayleigh

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    Emily Martland

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    Cile Ne

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