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The New Oxford Book Of Irish Verse (Oxford Books Of Verse) Paperback – 20 Sep 2001
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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 poetry...in its many beautiful manifestations, one can turn with confidence to Thomas Kinsella's selection' Financial Times
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 Heaney.See all Product description
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Amazon.com: 6 reviews
There were some I didn't particularly like and I thought his choices among modern Irish poets ...
8 August 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
This was a survey of Irish poetry from the earliest days (about 800) to the present. The poems were enjoyable for the most part -- I actually read the whole thing. There were some I didn't particularly like and I thought his choices among modern Irish poets was odd. However editors never please everyone. Overall I thought it was a good introduction and would recommend it.
John Michael Albert
Scholarly, Academic, Historically Comprehensive; Where's the Humor?
8 July 2007 - Published on Amazon.com
10 people found this helpful.
This is a very scholarly textbook. It absolutely does what it sets out to do: provide an academic overview of the breadth of the history of Irish and English poetry from Ireland. That being said, where's the humor? Where's the humanity? Political and ecclesiastical history are well represented, and there's blood and tragedy a'plenty; but where are the people? I have to assume that I purchased something with extremely flawed expectations, but maybe that will help you decide whether to buy it.
... series of novels based on Irish history during the great potato famine and emigration to America and this collection ...
1 November 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
I have been reading a series of novels based on Irish history during the great potato famine and emigration to America and this collection enhances the material in the novels.
15 December 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
Absolutely incredible writing.
Phyllis M. Newnham
The New Oxford Book of Irish Verse
23 November 2008 - Published on Amazon.com
2 people found this helpful.
The book is a gret companion I cn open it at any time and find an appropriate poem to match my mood.