IRELAND is a nation synonymous with the written phrase.

From W.B. Yeats by to Seamus Heaney, these shores have been house to a few of the most interesting poets ever to grace the planet.

So many stunning poems and numerous evocative traces – listed below are simply 11 of our favourites…


11. Katherine Tynan “A Lament”

Percy, golden-hearted boy,
Within the heyday of his pleasure
Left his new-made bride and selected
The steep approach that Honour goes.

Took for his the deathless track
Of the love that is aware of no incorrect:
Might I like thee, pricey, so true
Weren’t Honour greater than you?


10. W.B. Yeats “When You might be Outdated”

If you find yourself outdated and grey and filled with sleep
And nodding by the hearth, take down this guide,
And slowly learn, and dream of the tender look
Your eyes had as soon as, and of their shadows deep;



9. Patrick Kavanagh “Strains Written on a Seat on the Grand Canal, Dublin”

O commemorate me the place there’s water,
Canal water, ideally, so stilly
Greeny on the coronary heart of summer season. Brother
Commemorate me thus fantastically


8. Eavan Boland “The Misplaced Land: Poems”

That is what language is:
a routine grief. A flip of speech
for the on a regular basis and bizarre abrasion
of losses comparable to this:
which hurts
simply sufficient to be a scar
And heals simply sufficient to be a nation.


7. Padraic Colum “An Outdated Girl Of The Roads”

O, TO have a little bit home!
To personal the fireplace and stool and all!
The heaped up sods upon the hearth,
The pile of turf in opposition to the wall!


6. Eileen Carney Hulme “Belonging”

small areas of silence
in between borrowed breaths
arms tighten
on the whisper of a reputation

all of the phrases of the center
the unanswered questions
are at this second
blue rolling waves


5. Seamus Heaney “The Railway Youngsters”

We have been small and thought we knew nothing
Value figuring out. We thought phrases travelled the wires
Within the shiny pouches of raindrops,
Every one seeded full with the sunshine
Of the sky, the gleam of the traces, and ourselves
So infinitesimally scaled
We might stream by the attention of a needle.



4. Patrick Pearse “The Wayfarer”

The fantastic thing about the world hath made me unhappy,
This magnificence that can go;
Typically my coronary heart hath shaken with nice pleasure
To see a leaping squirrel in a tree,
Or a purple lady-bird upon a stalk,
Or little rabbits in a subject at night,


3. Austin Clarke “The Misplaced Heifer”

Turning sliver out of darkish grasses
The place the skylark had lain,
And her voice coming softly over the meadow
Was the mist changing into rain.


2. Patrick Kavanagh “On Raglan Street”

On Raglan Street on an autumn day I met her first and knew
That her darkish hair would weave a snare that I’d someday rue;
I noticed the hazard, but I walked alongside the enchanted approach,
And I stated, let grief be a fallen leaf on the dawning of the day.


1. W.B. Yeats “The Lake Isle of Innisfree”

I’ll come up and go now, for all the time night time and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
Whereas I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements gray,
I hear it within the deep coronary heart’s core.

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