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Irish Poetry

The University of Delaware Library's world-renowned Irish literature collection, with strengths from the eighteenth century, through the Irish literary Renaissance, up to the present has benefitted immensely from the support of the Library Associates. Although established authors such as Bernard Shaw, W. B. Yeats, James Joyce, and Samuel Beckett are still the most popular focus of students and scholars, perhaps the collection with the most untapped research potential is the comprehensive collection of contemporary Irish poetry, which includes books, magazines, and manuscript collections. Below is a selection of first books by some of these poets.

  • John Montague, 1929-
    Forms of Exile. [Dublin]: The Dolmen Press, [1958].
  • Seamus Heaney, 1939-
    Eleven Poems. Belfast: Queen's University of Belfast [1965].
  • Eavan Boland, 1944-
    New Territory: Poems. Dublin: Allen Figgis and Company, 1967.
  • Medbh McGuckian, 1950-
    Single Ladies: Sixteen Poems. Budleigh Salterton, Devon: Interim Press, [1980].
  • Sara Berkeley, 1967-
    Penn. Dublin: Raven Arts Press, 1986. The University of Delaware is the repository for the archives of the Raven Arts Press.
  • Dave Lordan, 1975-
    The Boy in the Ring. Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare, Ireland: Salmon Poetry, 2007. The University of Delaware is the repository for the archives of Salmon Press.
Seamus Heaney
Eleven Poems, 1965.
Eavan Boland
New Territory:
, 1967.
Medbh McGuckian
Single Ladies: Sixteen
, 1980.

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