This St. Patrick’s Day – honor the Irish heritage by reading about the lives and works of some of Ireland’s greatest poets

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  • Ireland’s Greatest Poets:  W.B. Yeats

Many believe this poet and playwright to be Ireland’s greatest lyricist, and acknowledge him as the leader of the Irish literary renaissance. [Hone, Joseph. W. B. Yeats, 1865-1939. New York: Macmillan, 1943.]

  • Ireland’s Greatest Poets:  Louis MacNeice

This 1930’s poet had a witty, contemporary style. He even spent part of his life producing for the features department of the BBC. [Paulin, Thomas. “Ten of the Greatest; British Poets.”The Mail on Sunday [London] 15 August 2010: 28.]

  • Ireland’s Greatest Poets:  Seamus Heaney

This lyrical nature poet is often seen as the best since W.B Yeats. He even took home the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature. [Bolton, Jonathan. “”Customary Rhythms”: Seamus Heaney and the Rite of Poetry.” Papers on Language & Literature37.2 (2001): 205.]

  • Ireland’s Greatest Poets:  Patrick Kavanagh

Before his death in 1967, Kavanagh penned a number of poetry greats including The Great HungerRaglan Road,October, and Come Dance With Kitty Stobling, along with a number of autobiographies. [Hill, Ian. “Arts : Pub Scene of Poet and Playwright.” The News Letter [Ireland] 9 February 2000: 14.]

  • Ireland’s Greatest Poets:  C. Day Lewis

Starting off his career as a teacher, C. Day Lewis then decided to devote his career to writing. He later returned to teaching as a poetry professor at Oxford. [Dyment, Clifford. C. Day Lewis. London: Longmans, Green, 1955.]

  • Ireland’s Greatest Poets:  James Stephens

Known for his use of Irish legend and folklore, Stephens also possessed an amazing speaking voice that led to a number of public readings and later in his life, radio work. [Gonzalez, Alexander G. Modern Irish Writers: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press: 1997.]

  • Ireland’s Greatest Poets:  Eavan Boland

The most researched Irish female poet, Boland was born in Ireland, but spent some of her life in England and the United States. She also weaved myth and folklore into her works. [McCallum, Shara. “Eavan Boland’s Gift: Sex, History, and Myth.”The Antioch Review Winter 2004: 37+.]

  • Ireland’s Greatest Poets:  Padraic Colum

An Irish-American writer, Colum wrote poetry and children’s book on Irish folklore. He also helped found the Abbey Theatre. [Bowen, Zack. Padraic Colum: A Biographical-Critical Introduction. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1970.]

  • Ireland’s Greatest Poets:  Thomas Moore

Moore was not only a poet, but an attorney, with a great love for all things Irish. He’s best remembered for Irish Melodies, a set of lyrics that was later put to music. [Gwynn, Stephen. Thomas Moore. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1905.]

  • Ireland’s Greatest Poets:  George William Russell (AE)

Known to many as simply AE, Russell was a key player in the Irish literary Renaissance with such works as Homeward: Songs by the Way (1894), The Candle of Vision (1918), and Selected Poems (1935). [Russell, George William and Alan Denson. Letters from AE. London, New York: Abelard-Schuman, 1962.]

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