Ireland's Love Poems

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A breathtaking collection of Irish poets' expressions of love—from heartfelt professions to whimsical flirtations—across history.
All poets share a common task: to define, to memorialize, and never to exhaust the subject of love. Ireland's Love Poems highlights one country's extraordinary poetic tradition, in both the English and Irish languages, by male and female poets, both ancient and modern. Emotions of every kind are embodied in this celebration of love's pleasures and ...

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Overview

A breathtaking collection of Irish poets' expressions of love—from heartfelt professions to whimsical flirtations—across history.
All poets share a common task: to define, to memorialize, and never to exhaust the subject of love. Ireland's Love Poems highlights one country's extraordinary poetic tradition, in both the English and Irish languages, by male and female poets, both ancient and modern. Emotions of every kind are embodied in this celebration of love's pleasures and pains, in forms ranging from complex ancient Irish ballads to forthright contemporary feminist verse. These poems consider romance in all its stages: from the thrills of young love to the commitments of marriage, from grief to amorous rebirth, from affection to idolatry. The result is a cumulative portrait of love that mirrors Irish history in its complexity.
Included in this diverse selection are Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, W. B. Yeats, Lady Gregory, J. M. Synge, Samuel Beckett, Patrick Kavanagh, Thomas Kinsella, Eavan Boland, Seamus Heaney, Medbh McGuckian, Paul Muldoon, and Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill.

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A chorus of Irish voices exalt and bemoan romance in Ireland's Love Poems. Major players are here (Jonathan Swift and William Congreve, W.B. Yeats and Samuel Beckett, Paul Muldoon and Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill) along with scores of others from the pagan period to the present day. The tremendous diversity of forms, styles and perspectives gives readers a whirlwind tour of Irish literary history, as well as a long record of the endless search for "a nymph that was chaste, or a swain that was true." ( Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393043167
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1 AMER ED
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 953,574
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

A. Norman Jeffares was born in Dublin, Ireland, and now lives in Scotland. He is the author and editor of numerous books on Irish literature.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2006

    Great Poems from Ireland

    I read this book in 7th grade and fell in love with the way that the irish write. I only wish my 'Irelands Love Poems' book hadn't been stolen. Anyway, this book is great if you are in the mood for touching love poems.

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