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Selected Poems (The Margellos World Republic of Letters)

Seán Ó Ríordáin, Frank Sewell (Editor)


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The first bilingual volume of poems by leading Irish twentieth-century poet Seán Ó Ríordáin

In the mid-twentieth century, a new generation of poets writing in Irish emerged, led by the young Seán Ó Ríordáin, among others. Ó Ríordáin’s work has stood the test of time well, and he continues to engage today’s Irish readers and writers. This well-rounded selection of poems brings most of Ó Ríordáin’s works to English-language readers for the first time. The poems appear in their original Irish alongside English translations by some of Ireland's leading poets. Also included for the first time in English is Ó Ríordáin’s essay What Is Poetry?, considered an extraordinary touchstone of critical insight for poets and literary commentators.

The volume reflects Ó Ríordáin’s seven main concerns: poetry and its place in the artist’s life; the plural self; the relationship between the individual and society; gender relations; the nature of animals; Ireland, its language and culture; and mortality.

Praise For Selected Poems (The Margellos World Republic of Letters)

Selected Poems belatedly introduces to a wider audience one of the great modern European poets.”—David Wheatley, Times Literary Supplement
— David Wheatley

‘Yale and Frank Sewell have created a serious memorial to one survivor poet, a soul of unbridled imagination.’—The Irish Examiner
— The Irish Examiner

'Many of Ó Ríordáin’s best-loved poems, and some lesser-known works, are given a jolt of newness in their unfamiliar cloak of English.'—Róisín Ní Ghairbhí, The Irish Times

— Róisín Ní Ghairbhí

Yale University Press, 9780300190588, 288pp.

Publication Date: February 11, 2014

About the Author

Seán Ó Ríordáin (1916–1977) completed four volumes of poetry, the last—Tar Éis Mo Bháis—published posthumously. He also wrote powerful opinion pieces for the Irish Times during his later years. Frank Sewell is a poet, translator, critic, and academic.