A History of Irish Women's Poetry

David Wheatley (Editor), Ailbhe Darcy (Editor)

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A History of Irish Women's Poetry is a ground-breaking and comprehensive account of Irish women's poetry from earliest times to the present day. It reads Irish women's poetry through many prisms – mythology, gender, history, the nation – and most importantly, close readings of the poetry itself. It covers major figures, such as Máire Mhac an tSaoi, Eavan Boland, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, as well as neglected figures from the past. Writing in both English and Irish is considered, and close attention paid to the many different contexts in which Irish women's poetry has been produced and received, from the anonymous work of the early modern period, through the bardic age, the coterie poets of Anglo-Ireland, the nationalist balladeers of Young Ireland, the Irish Literary Revival, and the advent of modernity. As capacious as it is diverse, this book is an essential contribution to scholarship in the field.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages500
ISBN (Electronic)9781108778596
ISBN (Print)9781108478700, 1108478700
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2021


  • Irish poetry
  • Irish women's poetry
  • feminism
  • Irish language
  • literary history


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