|About the Book|
The Irish way with words and the glories of their remarkable literary tradition come to life in this grand collection of poetry. Encompassing more than 14 centuries of literary innovation and creative genius, The Book of Irish Verse magnificently captures the voices and the spirit of the Irish people.The Irish poetic voice first rang out in the words of the oral storytellers- wonderful examples of their verses, combining history and legend, magic and religion, open this volume. There are poems from the Middle Ages celebrating love and honor- the precisely crafted epics of the professional bards who flourished from the thirteenth to seventeenth centuries- and satirical verses by Swift and Goldsmith. The legendary flowering of Irish poetry in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries is represented by W. B. Yeats, J. M. Synge, Padraic Colum, James Joyce, Robert Graves, and many other poets, some well-known and some as yet undiscovered by American readers. A special section devoted to contemporary writers--including Seamus Heaney, Michael Hartnett, and John Montague--shows that Irish poets have lost none of their special touch and none of their inspiration.For anyone who loves Ireland and everyone who loves great poetry, The Book of Irish Verse is a treasure to be read and re-read.