Irish Verse : An Anthology, edited by Bob Blaisdell
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This volume attests to the Irish love of language, spanning fourteen centuries of literary history and featuring works by more than 60 of Ireland's most distinguished poets.
This comprehensive selection of well-known poems by distinguished writers includes W. B. Yeats' The Song of Wandering Aengus and Easter 1916; In the Poppy Field by James Stephen; An Old Woman of the Roads by Padraic Colum: Verses for Women Who Cry Apples, etc. by Jonathan Swift; J. Sheridan LeFanu's A Drunkard's Address to a Bottle of Whiskey; William Allingham's Four Ducks on a Pond; Requiescat by Oscar Wilde; Forgiveness by A. E.; The Hills of Cualann by Joseph Campbell; An Old Woman of the Roads by Padraic Colum; In the Poppy Field by James Stephens; and many others.
Also included is a generous sampling of memorable works by lesser-known poets: Lament for Thomas Davis by Samuel Ferguson; Dion Boucicault's The Wearing of the Green; The Wee Lassie's First Luve by G. F. Savage-Armstrong; Francis A. Fahy's Little Mary Cassidy; Sidney Royse Lysaght's The Penalty of Love; and many more, including the anonymous A Confession of Forgiveness, Pearl of the White Breast, and Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye.
All poetry lovers will cherish this fine collection and its diverse cross-section of Irish poetry, from the seventh century to modern times.