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Irish Leaving Certificate (English): poetry

Irish poetry for Key Stage 4 & beyond as used in the Irish Leaving Certificate recently

 

Anthologies & reference

Poets from the North of Ireland

edited by Frank Ormsby, Blackstaff Press, 0-85640-444-6


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

edited by John Montague, Bristol Park Books, 0-88486-192-9


The Faber Book of Contemporary Irish Poetry

edited by Paul Muldoon, Faber, 0-57113-761-X


The Penguin Book of Contemporary Irish Poetry

edited by Peter Fallon & Derek Mahon, Penguin, 0-14058-609-1


Irish Poetry since 1950: From Stillness into History

by John Goodby, Manchester UP, 0-71902-997-X


The Cambridge Companion to Contemporary Irish Poetry

edited by Matthew Campbell, CUP, 0-521-01245-7


For study guides and other support material, including commentaries on texts and some

Boland, Eavan

Notes

Child of Our Time     Note on poem
Love

Outside History
The Black Lace Fan My Mother Gave Me
The Famine Road    Note 1 on poem     Note 2 on poem
The Pomegranate
The Shadow Doll
The War Horse
This Moment           Note on poem
White Hawthorn in the West of Ireland

Carson, Ciaran

Notes

Soot

Durcan, Paul

Notes

Going home to Mayo Winter 1949         Note on poem

Hartnett, Michael

Notes

Death of an Irish Woman

Heaney, Seamus

Notes

 

A Constable Calls       Note on poem
Bogland
Field of Vision Note on poem

Lightenings viii. (The annals say...)
Mossbawn: Two Poems in Dedication (1) Sunlight
St Kevin and the Blackbird
The Forge
The Harvest Bow
The Skunk
The Tollund Man
Twice Shy
Valediction

Hewitt, John

Notes

The Green Shoot

Kavanagh, Patrick

Notes

 

 

 

 

A Christmas Childhood - Reading     Text       Note on poem
Advent
Canal Bank Walk
Epic
From The Great Hunger Section 1
Inniskeen Road; July Evening
Lines Written on a Seat on the Grand Canal
On Raglan Road     Note on poem
Shancoduff             Note on poem
The Hospital           Reading by P J Brady (You Tube)

Kennelly, Brendan

Notes

The Prodigal Son     

Kinsella, Thomas

Notes

Mirror in February

Longley, Michael*

Notes

* notes on all poems

 

An Amish Rug

Badger
Remembering Carrigskeewaun
Cease Fire
Laertes
Last Requests
Mayo Monologues 3. Self-heal
Poteen

Wounds
Wreaths

Mahon, Derek

Notes

A Disused Shed in Co. Wexford
After the Titanic      Note on poem
Antartica
As It Should Be
Day Trip to Donegal
Ecclesiastes
Grandfather             Note on poem
Kinsale

Rathlin Island
The Chinese Restaurant in Portrush

Mcneice, Louis

Notes

Autobiography

Meehan, Paula

Notes

Would You Jump Into My Grave As Quick?

Montague, John

Notes

The Cage     Note on poem

Muldoon, Paul

Notes

Anseo Text & Reading by Paul Muldoon

Ní Chuilleanáin, Eiléan

Notes

Swine Herd

Yeats, William B.

Notes

An Acre of Grass
Easter 1916
From Meditations in Time of Civil War: VI Stare's Nest
From Under Ben Bulben: V and VI: Politics
In Memory of Eva Gore-Booth and Con Markiewicz
Sailing to Byzantium
September 1913
Swift's Epitaph
The Lake Isle of Innisfree         Note on poem
The Second Coming
The Wild Swans at Coole        Note on poem
An Irish Airman Foresees his Death     Note on poem