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The Book of Irish Verse: Irish Poetry from the Sixth Century to the Present

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This rich and unusual anthology includes lesser known poets as well as recognized masters to trace the origins and development of a distinctive poetry tradition. The poems reflect on everything from unrequited love to the political hardships and triumphs of the Irish people.


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This rich and unusual anthology includes lesser known poets as well as recognized masters to trace the origins and development of a distinctive poetry tradition. The poems reflect on everything from unrequited love to the political hardships and triumphs of the Irish people.

30 review for The Book of Irish Verse: Irish Poetry from the Sixth Century to the Present

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Brannen

    I've never been big on poetry and this one was a little hard to grasp some of the poems due to age and language translation - still loved it, though. I'd love to have a copy! I've never been big on poetry and this one was a little hard to grasp some of the poems due to age and language translation - still loved it, though. I'd love to have a copy!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Doug

    Somewhat out of date and I'm not sure an editor would make the same selections among modern poems, but still a nice representative sample. The conflicting views on Irish violence in the revolution and the civil war was a theme running through the collection. Somewhat out of date and I'm not sure an editor would make the same selections among modern poems, but still a nice representative sample. The conflicting views on Irish violence in the revolution and the civil war was a theme running through the collection.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    I'm drawn to books of Irish poetry for the old poems, the ones from the Dark Ages. I like their romanticism, but also their fierceness. From "Love" (trans. John Montague) comes "My love is no short year's sentence./It is a grief lodged under the skin." Or from "The Vikings," (also version by Montague)"Bitter the wind tonight,/combing the sea's hair white." I'm drawn to books of Irish poetry for the old poems, the ones from the Dark Ages. I like their romanticism, but also their fierceness. From "Love" (trans. John Montague) comes "My love is no short year's sentence./It is a grief lodged under the skin." Or from "The Vikings," (also version by Montague)"Bitter the wind tonight,/combing the sea's hair white."

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Elizabeth

    Montague is a wonderful poet, and his editing and introduction for this book are very well done. He offers a not only a good review of differing scholarship about Irish poetry over the centuries, but he offers his own opinions and criticism. This book is a great introduction to the varying yet contained world of Irish Verse. But at the same time, this book is a something that needs sitting with.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    I'm not much of a poem kind of person, but I did find a few poems that definitely caught my eye. A lot of poets to go through during a large time period, but some of the earlier ones and some of the early 20th century ones were very good, along with the very famous writers such as Yeats, Swift and Joyce. I'm not much of a poem kind of person, but I did find a few poems that definitely caught my eye. A lot of poets to go through during a large time period, but some of the earlier ones and some of the early 20th century ones were very good, along with the very famous writers such as Yeats, Swift and Joyce.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Angela Wade

    Didn't love every single poem, but found some new ones I'd never read before that made the book very worthwhile overall! Didn't love every single poem, but found some new ones I'd never read before that made the book very worthwhile overall!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Angela Wade

    I like the later poetry more than the early, but I'm glad for the history. I like the later poetry more than the early, but I'm glad for the history.

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    John O

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    Chris Sanford

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    Olivia Andrews

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    Joshua

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    Jennifer

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    Neil Doherty

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    Carl

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    Kati Giblin

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    Tom Killalea

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cam

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jinx:The:Poet {the Literary Masochist, Ink Ninja & Word Roamer}

  19. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Farner-prestwich

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    Rachel

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    Cesar

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    Chaille

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    Jenna

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    Angela S

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    Matthew

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    Alexandra

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    Author Annette Dunlea

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    Bookewyfe

  29. 5 out of 5

    Penny Cruz

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    Nicola

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