Irish poets to know and love

James Joyce

Joyce

1882 - 1941

The character based on Joyce himself in his books is surnamed Dedalus, after the mythical master artist and maker of labyrinths: Joyce was both.

Anna Livia Plurabelle

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Anna Livia Plurabelle

Yeats

1865 - 1939

Man of affairs, mystic and poetic genius.

The Second Coming

Turning and turning in the widening gyre

Yeats's bleak prophecy after the First World War

Leda and the swan

A sudden blow: the great wings beating still

Leda and the Swan