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Index of Poems by Ranking
Irish Times Favorite 100 poems.
Some time ago, The Irish Times surveyed their readers. The question was simply: your favorite poem (by an Irish Writer, of course). We haven't seen a new survey since then but it hardly matters.
Included in our Index of Poems is the complete list of 100 Favorite Irish Poems, as chosen by readers of The Irish Times. Over the next few months (or perhaps years - sigh), we hope to post all of them, with appropriate credit. We can't have ourselves getting into trouble, now can we?
Obviously, if we haven't posted it the link will be inactive.
Oh, we almost forgot - who 'won'? (if that isn't irreverent).
W.B. Yeats (of course)
Second place - Patrick Kavanagh
Third place - Seamus Heaney
All the rest form a gaggle.
Considering the poems remaining, I stand(sit) in awe of the talent displayed - I expect you shall too.
Note: A two-number series Indicates poems that tied for a place in the list.
Click here for: Poems Indexed by Title and the Index of the poets - by name.
1. The Lake Isle of Innisfree by W. B. Yeats
2. He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven by W. B. Yeats
3. Mid-Term Break by Seamus Heaney
4. The Song of Wandering Aengus by W. B. Yeats
5. On Raglan Road by Patrick Kavanagh
6. Easter, 1916 by W. B. Yeats
7. When You are Old by W.B. Yeats
8. Canal Bank Walk by Patrick Kavanagh
9. Stony Grey Soil by Patrick Kavanagh
10. The Stolen Child by W. B. Yeats
11 - 14.
An Old Woman of the Roads by Padraic Colum
In Memory of my Mother by Patrick Kavanagh
Sailing to Byzantium by W. B. Yeats
The Wild Swans at Coole by W. B. Yeats
15. The Deserted Village by Oliver Goldsmith
16 - 17.
The Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde
September, 1913 by W. B. Yeats
18 - 20.
Digging by Seamus Heaney
A Christmas Childhood by Patrick Kavanagh
The Wayfarer by Padraic Pearse
21 - 22.
Advent by Patrick Kavanagh
I See His Blood upon the Rose by Joseph Mary Plunkett
23. The Great Hunger by Patrick Kavanagh
24 - 25.
Thomas McDonagh by Francis Ledwidge
The Mother by Padraic Pearse
26 - 29.
The Planter's Daughter by Austin Clarke
Caoineadh Áirt Úi Laoghaire by Eibhlín Dubh Ní `Chonaill
Among Schoolchildren by W. B. Yeats
The Second Coming by W. B. Yeats
30. Inniskeen Road, July Evening by Patrick Kavanagh
31 - 32.
Lines Written on a Seat on the Grand Canal, Dublin, 'Erected to the Memory of Mrs Dermot O'Brien' by Patrick Kavanagh
An Irish Airman Foresees his Death by W. B. Yeats
33 - 35.
Clearances by Seamus Heaney
Epic by Patrick Kavanagh
Another September by Thomas Kinsella
36 - 37.
The Lost Heifer by Austin Clarke
A Disused Shed in Co Wexford by Derek Mahon
38 - 39.
June by Francis Ledwidge
Snow by Louis MacNeice
40 - 41.
Personal Helicon by Seamus Heaney
Mise Raifteirí an File by Antoine Ó Raifteirí
42 - 45.
Mirror in February by Thomas Kinsella
Cuírt an Mheán Óiche (The Midnight Court) by Brian Merriman
Cill Chais by Aodhagán Ó Rathaille
The Fiddler of Dooney by W. B. Yeats
46 - 52.
The Blackbird of Derrycairn by Austin Clarke
Blackberry-Picking by Seamus Heaney
Spraying the Potatoes by Patrick Kavanagh
A Pint of Plain is Your Only Man(The Workmans Friend) by Flann O'Brien
Anois Teacht an Earraigh by Antoine Ó Raifteirí
The Circus Animals' Desertion by W. B. Yeats
The Fisherman by W. B. Yeats
53 - 57.
Ecce Puer by James Joyce
Incantata by Paul Muldoon
Cúl an Tí by Seán Ó Ríordáin
To a Child Dancing in the Wind by W. B. Yeats
The Tower by W. B. Yeats
58 - 68.
Night Feed by Eavan Boland
She Moved Through the Fair by Padraic Colum
Death of a Naturalist by Seamus Heaney
Requiem for the Croppies by Seamus Heaney
Autumn Journal by Louis MacNeice
Dublin by Louis MacNeice
Dark Rosaleen by James Clarence Mangan
The Meeting of the Waters by Thomas Moore
Bean Sléibhe ag Caoineadh a Mhac by Pádraig Mac Piarais (Padraic Pearse)
The Ballad of Father Gilligan by W. B. Yeats
Red Hanrahan's Song about Ireland by W. B. Yeats
69 - 79.
The Faeries by William Allingham
Pangur Bán Anonymous
Follower by Seamus Heaney
Padraig Ó Conaire, Gaelic Storyteller by F.R. Higgins
To My Darling Daughter Betty by Tom Kettle
The Fool by Padraic Pearse
The Splendour of God by Joseph Mary Plunkett
Sheep and Lambs by Katharine Tynan
Broken Dreams by W. B. Yeats
Down by the Sally Gardens by W. B. Yeats
Under Ben Bulben by W. B. Yeats
80 - 99.
Valparaiso by Pádraig de Brún
A Cradle Song by Padraic Colum
A Drover by Padraic Colum
Woodman by Patrick Deeley
Christmas Day by Paul Durcan
Going Home to Mayo by Paul Durcan
Death of an Irishwoman by Michael Hartnett
Postscript by Seamus Heaney
Station Island by Seamus Heaney
Father and Son by F.R. Higgins
For Rita With Love by Pat Ingoldsby
Pegasus by Patrick Kavanagh
An Bonnán Buí by Cathal Buí Mac Giolla Ghunna
'Tis the last rose of summer by Thomas Moore
An tEarrach Thiar by Máirtín Ó Direáin
Oíche Nollag na mBan by Seán Ó Ríordáin
Mise Éire by Pádraig Mac Piarais(Padraic Pearse)
The Host of the Air by W. B. Yeats
Leda and the Swan by W. B. Yeats
A Prayer for my Daughter by W. B. Yeats
100. All Legendary Obstacles by John Montague
Wed, Feb 27, 2013
The Collected Works of W.B. Yeats
No matter who does the collecting, the works stand on their own but this is an excellent compilation and well worth adding to your library.
Interested in Irish Poetry?Here's the easy way to collect them all (well, almost all, anyway).
Malachy McCourt says in his introduction, "With the republication of this book, the Irish recover under their roof of stars all the great poets and writers who have been falsely claimed by the saxon crown and its minions - even our reprobates."
Amazon states this is out of stock. They still have used copies for almost nothing (except shipping - chuckle). If you would like a new edition, it was available at Powell's. We can't promise it's still there. Click here for Powell's 1000 Years.
Click here for used at Amazon.
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