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The Penguin Book of Irish Poetry (Penguin Classics) Hardcover – 30 Sep 2010

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  • Hardcover: 1120 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (30 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141439459
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141439457
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 6.4 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 505,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'...excellently edited, exceedingly confident, historically revealing and frequently surprising. The Penguin Book of Irish Poetry is a feat. It is the largest anthology of Irish verse yet spanning 1,500 years - and is more comprehensive than predecessors in its inclusion of a large quantity of pre-Yeats material and translations from languages other than Irish and Old English. A third of the 200+ translations are being published for the first time. It is, as Seamus Heaney says in the preface, the most confident anthology of the country's verse ... Patrick Crotty, the editor and a professor of Irish literature at Aberdeen University, should be congratulated for the precise, considerate and independent thinking he has brought to his selections." (Irish Times )

This is a magnificent anthology...The Penguin Book of Irish Poetry is so rich in its inclusions, so superbly organised, showing such breadth of scholarship and (in general) felicity of judgement...applause for a great achievement... (Patricia Craig Independent )

'This is the best available single-volume collection of Irish poetry yet published.' (Nick Laird Guardian )

'The great length of the anthology allows brave decisions...the discrimination, imagination, deftness and heft of the whole is masterful. Much more than an anthology, this is an alternative history of Ireland, in poems that burn into the mind - the newly minted no less than the canonical.' (Roy Foster Financial Times )

Heaney occupies his rightful place in the year's stand-out anthology: The Penguin Book of Irish Poetry, edited by Patrick Crotty. From bards of the eighth century to Nick Laird (born in 1975), with ample space for translations from the Irish (over many centuries), for ballads and songs and rhymes, this sumptuous 1000-page gathering will last many winters out. (Boyd Tonkin Books of the Year, The Independent )

Patrick Crotty's Penguin Book of Irish Poetry threw a capacious net over many centuries, including a rich haul of wonderful new translations from the Irish, many by himself (as well as Heaney and others). (Roy Foster TLS Books of the Year Recommendation )

About the Author

Patrick Crotty is a Professor of Scottish and Irish Literature at the University of Aberdeen and a regular reviewer for the Times Literary Supplement. His translations from seventeenth-, eighteenth- and twentieth-century Irish verse have appeared in many anthologies. He edited Modern Irish Poetry: An Anthology and is currently co-editing with Alan Riach the annotated three-volume Complete Collected Poems of Hugh MacDiarmid.

Seamus Heaney was born in County Derry, Northern Ireland. Death of a Naturalist, his first book, appeared in 1966 and since then he has published poetry, criticism and translations which have established him as one of the most acclaimed writers of our time. In 1995 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.


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The literary reviewers say it all. It's beautifully produced, but heavy! I'm ordering copies for my siblings as I know they and their offspring will dip into it for years to come.
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This is the perfect poetry book for all levels of readers, I have personally found some very touching, meaningful and funny poems in here. Many have forced me to do some research on the poems background, which is surely a good thing. Would make an excellent gift for the serious poet.
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Fabulous book bought for a family member as a christmas present - it went over very well. A big book that one would expect to pay twice as much for. Excellent.
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Brilliant value for money for a hardback book; an excellent collection of poems beautifully presented. Would definitely recommend to all poetry lovers.
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Gill & MacMillan's Soundings is a better buy if you struggle to climax at every turn of page. While I enjoy poetry, I enjoy it all the better with a bit of narration, notes, direction and provocation. Over the last year, I've picked this book up twice compared to Soundings which I open several times a month.

But that's just one opinion. No doubt my ancestors would disown me reading this.
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