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An anthology of Irish literature

Publication Information:
New York : New York University Press, 1971, ©1954.
Physical Description:
2 volumes ; 19 cm
General Note:
Original ed. issued as no. 288 of the series: The Modern library of the world's best books.
-VOLUME 1- / The Viking Terror / The Pet Crane / The Son of the King of Moy / The Wife of Aed mae Ainmirech, King of Ireland, Laments Her Husband / A Love Song / The Drowning of Conaing / The Deer's Cry / In Praise of Aed / The Scribe / A Miserly Patron / Pangur Ban / The Vision of Ita / He That Never Read a Line / On a Dead Scholar / The Church Bell in the Night / Starry Sky / The Desire for Hermitage / The Wish of Manchin of Liath / The Pilgrim at Rome / Winter Has Come / The Ivy Crest / Summer is Gone / May / A Song of Winter / To Crinog / The Old Woman of Beare / I Should Like to Have a Great Pool of Ale / St. Columcille the Scribe / A Storm at Sea / The Praises of God / The Blackbird / St. Columcille's Island Hermitage / The Dream of Oenghus / The Boyhood Deeds of Cuchulain / The Tragic Death of Connla / Fand Yields Cuchulain to Emer / Cuchulain's Lament for Ferdiad / The Death of Cuchulain / The Story of Deirdre / The Colloquy of the Old Men / The Fianna / The Headless Phantoms / The Bathing of Oisin's Head / Goll's Parting With His Wife / Oisin in the Land of Youth / The Voyage of Bran / Mad Sweeney / Lamentation of Mac Liag for Kincora / At St Patrick's Purgatory / The Dead at Clonmacnois / On the Breaking-up of a School / The Student / Hugh Maguire / Civil Irish and Wild Irish / Maelmora MacSweeney / The First Vision / The Second Vision / The Good Tradition / The Flight of the Earls / Were Not the Gael Fallen / Who Will Buy a Poem? / How Emain Macha Got Its Name (from the History of Ireland) / Loingseach's Horse Ears (from the History of Ireland) / The Death of Curaoi (from the History of Ireland) / Mochua's Riches (from the History of Ireland) / St. Columkille (from the History of Ireland) / Brian Boru (from the History of Ireland) / Against Blame of Women / Do Not Torment Me, Woman / Reconciliation.

He Praises Her Hair / No Sufferer for Her Love / Of Women No More Evil / He Praises His Wife When She Has Left Him / Dark Rosaleen / Death's Warning to Beauty / He Charges Her to Lay Aside Her Weapons / The Harper / The Woman of Three Cows / The Reverie / The Geraldine's Daughter / The Grey Eye Weeping / Egan O'Rahilly and teh Minister / The Lament for Art O'Leary / Tara is Grass / The Convict of Clonmel / The Midnight Court / I Am Raftery / The County Mayo / The Brow of Nephin / My Grief on the Sea / Ringleted Youth of My Love / I Shall Not Die For Thee / -VOLUME 2- / The Irish Dancer / A Rhyme-beginning Fragment / Cokaygne / An Anglo-Irishman's Complaint / A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Ireland From Being a Burden to Their Parents or Country / Johnathon Swift -- Adventure in Cork / The Shan Van Vocht / The Wearin' o' the Green / The Croppy Boy / Oh, Breathe Not His Name / Thomas Moore -- The Harp That Once Through Tara's Halls / Thomas Moore -- The Meeting of the Waters / Thomas Moore -- The Song of Fionnuala / Thomas Moore -- She is Far from the Land / Thomas Moore -- The Minstrel Boy / Thomas Moore -- Dear Harp of My Country / Thomas Moore -- The Hedge School / A Vision of Connaught in the Thirteenth Century / To My Native Land / The Hunt / The Abdication of Fergus MacRoy / The Burial of Kind Cormac / The Wedding of the Clans / The Fairies / Aghadoe / The Peeler and the Goat / The Nameless Dun / The Murrigan / The Rising of the Moon / The Grave of Rury / Poisson d' Avril / Preface to John Bull's Other Island / George Bernard Shaw -- Cuchulain's Fight with the Sea / W.B. Yeats -- The Folly of Being Comforted / W.B. Yeats -- To a Shade / W.B. Yeats -- In Memory of Major Robert Gregory / W.B. Yeats -- Sailing to Bysantium / W.B. Yeats -- Leda and the Swan / W.B. Yeats.

Among School Children / W.B. Yeats -- The Wild Old Wicked Man / W.B. Yeats -- The Statues / W.B. Yeats -- Truth / The Twilight of Earth / On Behalf of Some Irishmen Not Followers of Tradition / A Prisoner / The King of Ireland's Son / Act III from Deirdre of the Sorrows / J.M. Synge -- The Crab Tree / Ringsend / Exorcism / To the Liffey with the Swans / Per Iter Tenebricosum / Verse / Oliver St John Gogarty -- To the Maids Not to Walk In the Wind / To W B Yeats, Who Says That His Castle of Ballylee is His Monument / Leda and the Swan / Oliver St Jogn Gogarty -- The Old Age Pensioner / The Unfrocked Priest / I Am the Mountainy Singer / I Am the Gilly of Christ / As I Came Over the Grey, Grey Hills / I Will Go With My Father A-Ploughing / The Herb-Leech / The Raid / A Drover / A Poor Scholar of the 'Forties / The Wind / The College of Surgeons / Check / The Crest Jewel / Ivy Day in the Committee Room / James Joyce -- Night and Morning / Tenebrae / The Straying Student / An Old Air / Song for the Clatter-Bones / The Wild Sow / A Difficult Question / My Grander / In the Train / Father Mat / A Christmas Childhood / If Ever You Go to Dublin Town / Valediction / Carrickfergus / From Autumn Journal / The Raider / Lent / Christ Walking on the Water / the Net / Spring.


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Most anthologies of Irish literature deal only with Irish literature in English, that which is gerally referred to as Anglo-Irish literature. Most of them also deal only with Irish writers of the twentieth century. An Anthology of Irish Literature is an exception to both these tendencies. The selections represent Irish literature from the seventh century through the twentieth century.

Volume I contains translations of medieval Irish poetry and narratives, many of which, though transcribed in Middle Irish, are from an older oral tradition. The volume also offers examples of Irish lyric poetry of the 17th and 18th centuries and translations from 19th century Irish poets.

All the selections in Volume II were originally written in English. Beginning with some anonymous poems, it includes Swift's famous essay on Irish children and works by Oliver Goldsmith. Virtually all of modern Irish literature written in English was a part of the literary movement known as the Irish Renaissance. This grew from the desire of Irish writers to maintain a literary tradition by creating a modern literature which drew sustenance and inspiration from the Gaelic past. It was a nationalistic movement, and was bound up with the political movement which culminated in the Easter 1916 Rising and the "Anglo-Irish" war of 1918-1921. The most famous writers of the Irish Renaissance were George Bernard Shaw, W.B. Yeats, Sean O'Casey, James Joyce and Frank O'Connor.