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The Penguin Book Of Irish Verse
"The Penguin Book of Irish Poetry" features the work of three Nobel laureates - W.B. Yeats, Samuel Beckett and Seamus Heaney - as well as Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, Thomas Moore, Patrick Kavanagh, Louis MacNeice, Eavan Boland and James Joyce. It also includes epigrams, traditional verses and Old Irish songs, with 250 new English translations by the greatest poets current ...more
Hardcover, 1032 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Penguin Classics
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Apr 14, 2013 Parrish Lantern rated it it was amazing
In the preface to this book it states that “This is the most comprehensive and confident anthology of Irish poetry yet” it goes on to say that “The comprehensiveness is due to the inclusion of a much greater selection of work from the earlier periods, the confidence to the sureness about the artistic quality and significance of that work and of the writing done later, in the decades since the death of W.B. Yeats”. This is a collection of writing that ably demonstrates that as a literary nation I ...more
It's difficult to decide when I can officially count this as read, but I've owned it for a year now and I don't think there's many poems left in it that I haven't read at least once. One of my very favourite books that I own - it has pride of place on my bookshelf now that's moved away from my bedside locker