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Index of Irish poets writing in English


Index of poems written in English by Irish poets

Dánta na hÉireann
(poems composed in Irish)

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      A Complete Account of the Various Colonizations of Ireland as Delivered by the Sage Fintan
      O Bonny Portmore
      Weile Weile Waile (Down By The River Saile)
      The Wexford Carol    (aka Enniscorthy Carol)

Cecil Frances Alexander


Fergus Allen

      The Fall

William Allingham

      A Dream
      The Bubble
      The Faeries
      The Lepracaun,  Or Fairy Shoemaker
      The Maids Of Elfin-Mere


Samuel Beckett

      my way is in the sand flowing

Jean Bleakney

Stargazing for Feminists

Eavan Boland

      An Irish Childhood in England: 1951
      Anna Liffey
      Child Of Our Time
      Daphne With Her Thighs In Bark
      Listen, This Is The Noise Of Myth
      Mise Éire
      On Holiday
      That The Science Of Cartography Is Limited
      The Atlantic Ocean
      The Emigrant Irish
      The Pomegranate
      Yeats in Civil War

Thomas Boyd

      To the Lianhaun Shee


S.A. Brooke

      The Earth and Man

Christy Brown

      Lines Of Leaving

George Buchanan

      A Churchman Speaks

J. J. Callanan  

      Cusheen Loo      [attributed to Callanan, but probably  by John Windele]
      Hussa Tha Measg Na Realtan More
      The Outlaw of Loch Lene

Joseph Campbell

      I Am the Mountainy Singer
      My Lagan Love
      The Gombeen Man

Moya Cannon

      Between the Jigs and the Reels
      Carrying the Songs


Roger Casement


Austin Clarke

      Inscription for a Headstone
      Penal Law
      The Awakening Of Dermuid
      The Lost Heifer
      The Subjection of Women

Edward Sigerson Clifford

      The Kerry Christmas Carol

Rhoda Coghill



Padraic Colum

      An Old Woman Of The Roads
      I Shall Not Die for Thee      [translation]
      The Plougher

Michael Comyn  [Mícheál Coimín]


James H. Cousins

      The Quest

Anthony Cronin

      The Man Who Went Absent From The Native Literature

George Darley

      Harvest-Home    (The Joy of Childhood)      [excerpt]

Thomas Davis

      The West's Asleep

Francis Devine

      A Terrible Beauty

Denis Devlin

      Renewal By Her Element


Sr Anne Therese Dillen

      Dark Rosaleen

Eilis Dillon

      The Lament for Arthur O'Leary

Gerard Donovan

      Skellig Michael

Theo Dorgan

      Death Will Come

Edward Dowden


Tom Drain


Ian Duhig

      I’r Hen Iaith A’i Chaneuon


Paul Durcan

      Bewley's Oriental Cafe, Westmoreland Street
      Going Home To Mayo, Winter, 1949
      In Memory: The Miami Showband - Massacred 31 July 1975
       Island Musician Going Home
      Making Love Outside Áras An Uachtaráin
      Margaret Thatcher Joins IRA
      10:30 Mass, June 16, 1985
      The Cabinet Table
      The Day Kerry Became Dublin
      The Difficulty That Is Marriage
      The Man Whose Name Was Tom-and-Ann
      The Kilfenora Teaboy
      They Say the Butterfly is the Hardest Stroke
      Wife Who Smashed Television Gets Jail

Amelia Blanford Edwards

      Give Me Three Grains Of Corn, Mother

Padraic Fallon

      A Hedge Schoolmaster


Peter Fallon

      Spring Song

Francis Faunt

      Leannan Si

Sir Samuel Ferguson

      Deirdre's Lament for the Sons of Usnagh
      The Fairy Thorn
      The Fairy Well Of Lagnanay
      The Lark In The Clear Air

Gabriel Fitzmaurice

      Parnell to Queenie - 2. Paris    [translation]

Moireen Fox [aka Móirín Fox a Cheavasa]

      The Fairy Lover

Kathleen Foyle

      The Little Good Folk
      The Magic Lake

Sarah Gatley

      Wild Affair



Alfred Percival Graves

      Mor Of Cloyne
      The Fairy Host
      The Song of the Ghost

Eamon Grennan

      Mockingbird At Winter Solstice
      To Grasp The Nettle

Stephen Lucius Gwynn

      The Woman Of Beare

Francis Hackett

      Sea Dawn

Anne Hartigan

      Brazen Image

Michael Hartnett

      A Farewell to English
      Death Of An Irishwoman
      Marban, A Hermit, Speaks


Seamus Heaney

      A Brigid’s Girdle
      A Call
      A Coat
      Death of a Naturalist
      From: Glanmore Sonnets (for Ann Saddlemeyer) - X.
      In Memoriam Francis Ledwidge
      In Memoriam M.K.H., 1911-1984
      La Toilette
      Lightenings VIII
      Midnight Anvil
      Mid-Term Break
      Mossbawn - 1.  Sunlight
      Mossbawn - 2.  The Seed Cutters
      Mother of the Groom
      Personal Helicon
      Remembering Malibu
      Sweeney's Last Poem
      The Clothes Shrine
      The Cure At Troy (extract)
      The Door Was Open And The House Was Dark
      The Early Purges
      The Forge
      The Otter                                                                                                                    above
      The Peninsula
      The Rain Stick
      The Rescue
      The Skunk
      The Spoonbait
      The Tollund Man
      The Underground

Madge Herron

      Poem for Frances Harvey

John Hewitt

      The Ram's Horn

F R Higgins

      Father And Son
      O You Among Women


Eleanor Hull

      The Sleep Song Of Grainne Over Dermuid       [translation]

Pearse Hutchinson

      A First Time
      Bright After Dark
      The Song of Lies    [Amhrán na mBréag]
      Wouldn’t I?

Douglas Hyde

      I Shall Not Die for Thee       [translation]

Pat Ingoldsby

      All You Need To Put On The Poster Nowadays
      For Rita With Love
      Go A Little Sane
      Henry Street Mar Shompla
      I Declare To God
      I Just Wondered
      Irish Compliment
      I Think This Is The Very Best Thing That It Does
      Terms of Endearment
      Where Else Would You Get It
      Words Of Love
      Your Own Place

Thomas Caulfield Irwin

      The Faerie's Child



Patrick Weston Joyce [or Robert Dwyer Joyce]

      The Leprehaun

Patrick Kavanagh

      A Christmas Childhood
     A View of God & The Devil    [extract]
      In Memory of My Mother
      Lines Written on a Seat on the Grand Canal, Dublin, 'Erected to the Memory of Mrs Dermot O'Brian'
      Memory of my Father
      Poplar Memory
      Raglan Road
      Spraying the Potatoes
      The Girl in The Lending Library
      The Ploughman
      The Stone of the Tourist
      Tinker's Wife
      To A Blackbird


William G Kelly

      Wonderful Poppies of Flanders

Brendan Kennelly

      The Good
      The Prodigal Son

Thomas Kinsella

      Another September
      Butcher's Dozen
      Death of a Queen
      I Will Not Die For You      [translation]

Francis Ledwidge

      A Little Boy in the Morning
      Lament for Thomas MacDonagh
      The Lost Ones
      The Shadow People


Michael Longley

      A Headstone
      Emily Dickinson
      Ghost Town
      Swans Mating
      The Housewife's Testament
      The Island
      The Linen Industry

Donagh MacDonagh

      A Warning To Conquerers
      Dublin Made Me

Patrick MacDonogh

      No Mean City
      She Walked Unaware


Patrick MacGill

      Fairy Workers
      If We Forget The Fairies   (To Margaret)

Margaret MacKinnon

      Folk Tale

Louis MacNeice

      Elegy for Minor Poets
      Prayer Before Birth
     The Libertine
      Western Landscape


Derek Mahon

      Canadian Pacific
      In Carradore Churchyard
      Preface to a Love Poem
      The Chinese Restaurant in Portrush

James Clarence Mangan

      A Lamentation for the death of Sir Maurice Fitzgerald, Knight of Kerry, who was killed in Flanders, 1642.
      Dark Rosaleen
      The Fairies’ Passage

Peter McDonald


Thomas D'Arcy McGee

      The Celts

Medbh McGuckian

      Open Rose
      The Flower Master

Máighréad Medbh

      Black Peadar


Paula Meehan

      Child Burial
      Dharmakaya (for Thom McGinty)
      Grandmother, Gesture
      Man Sleeping
      Mrs Sweeney
      Mysteries of the Home:  1. Well
      Mysteries of the Home:  2. Queen
      Mysteries of the Home:  3. Hermit
      Mysteries of the Home:  4. King
      Mysteries of the Home:  5. Seed
      Pillow Talk
      The Pattern
      The Standing Army
      The Statue of the Virgin at Granard Speaks
      'When you left the city you carried...'

John Montague

      A Grafted Tongue
      All Legendary Obstacles
      A Lost Tradition
      An Ulster Prophesy
      Bog Royal
      Country Matters
      For the Hill Mother
      Irish Street Scene, With Lovers
      Liadan Laments Cuirithir
      Life Class
      The First Invasion of Ireland
      The Hunt
      The Same Gesture
      The Well-Beloved
      Working Dream

Thomas Moore

      The Harp that Once Through Tara’s Halls
      The Song Of Fionnuala



Paul Muldoon

      Affairs of State
      Our Lady of Ardboe
      The Avenue

Richard Murphy

      A Nest In A Wall
      Rosroe, 1955
      The Battle of Aughrim     [extract]

Margaret O'Beirne

      Broken Silence
      Surplus Population 1
      Surplus Population 2


Peggy O'Brien

      Master And Servant

Frank O'Connor

      I Shall Not Die     [translation]

Gofraidh Fionn O'Dalaigh

      Under Sorrow's Sign   

Bernard O'Donoghue

      A Nun Takes The Veil

John O'Donohue

      The Secret Of Thereness

Sean O'Faolain

      The Heavenly Banquet - Ascribed to Saint Brigid of Ireland


Mahon O'Heffernan   (Mathghamhain Ó Hifearnáin)

      My Son, Forsake Your Art     (A mhic ná meabhraigh éigse)    [English translation only]

Mary O'Malley

      The Cave

John Boyle O'Reilly

      The Infinite
      A White Rose

Frank Ormsby

     Some Spring Moons, North Circular Road

Mícheál Ó Siadhail


Seumas O'Sullivan

     The Half Door   (Dark eyes, wonderful, strange and dear)
      The Others
      The Sedges   (I whispered my great sorrow)

Arthur (William Edgar) O'Shaughnessy



Evangeline Paterson

      Wife to Husband

Tom Paulin

      Pot Burial

Pádraic H Pearse

      Little Lad of the Tricks
      The Rebel

Edward John Plunkett   (Lord Dunsany)

      The Fairy Child

Anthony Raftery    (Antaine Ó Raifteirí)

      Brídín Vesey

William Reeves & Kuno Meyer

      Columcille's Greeting to Ireland    [translation]


W R Rogers


Aidan Rooney-Céspedes

      Retro Creation

T W Rolleston

      Cois na Teineadh
      The Dead at Clonmacnoise
      The Spell-Struck

Carol Rumens

      Tea on the 5th of July

Richard Brinsley Sheridan

      Here's To The Maiden Of Bashful Fifteen
      The Geranium

Thomas Sheridan

      The Ghosts of Omagh


James Simmons

      One of the Boys
      The Pleasant Joys of Brotherhood

Pete St John

      The Fields of Athenry

James Stephens

      Nora Críona
      The Coolun
      The Shell
      The Watcher
      What Tomas An Buile Said In a Pub

L.A.G. Strong

      The Brewer's Man


J M Synge

      It Is A Month
      The Passing of the Shee

Samuel Thompson

      To A Hedgehog

John Todhunter

      Song.  ‘Bring from the craggy haunts of birch and pine’  (O Mighty, Melancholy Wind)

Edward Walsh

      The Fairy Nurse

Jane Francesca Wilde [Speranza]

      The Famine Year (The Stricken Land)
      The Itinerant Singing Girl

Oscar Wilde

      Impressions I. Les Silhouettes
      Sonnet to Liberty

Windele, John

      Cusheen Loo



William Butler Yeats

      A Cradle Song
      A Drinking Song
      A Faery Song
      A Lover's Quarrel among the Fairies
      A Man Young And Old
      A Prayer for my Daughter
      Before The World Was Made
      Coole Park And Ballylee
      Crazy Jane talks with the Bishop
      Easter 1916
      Here My Books Go
      He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven
      In Memory Of Eva Gore-Booth And Con Markiewicz
      Into The Twilight
      Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen
      No Second Troy
      Sailing To Byzantium
      September 1913
      Supernatural Songs
      The Ballad of Wandering Aengus
      The Fisherman
      The Folly of Being Comforted
      The Harp of Aengus
      The Hosting of the Sidhe
      The Host Of The Air
      The Lake Isle of Innisfree
      The Lover tells of the Rose in his Heart
      The Second Coming
      The Song of the Old Mother
      The Stolen Child
      The Wild Old Wicked Man
      The Wild Swans at Coole
      To a Squirrel at Kyle-na-no
      To A Wealthy Man
      Under Ben Bulben
      Upon A House Shaken By The Land Agitation
      When You Are Old

Ella Young

      The Faery Ride

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