Nicknamed the emerald isle, Ireland is the second largest island of the British Isles situated in the North Atlantic Ocean. The country is rich culture and legacy, and has been a major source of influence throughout the world. Though Ireland mostly shares the traditions and culture with Great Britain, it nevertheless has a strong indigenous culture that is effervescent in its literature, music and language. Talking about Irish literature, it has its roots well laid in the seventeenth century, with earliest known works written and produced by monks in Latin and Irish. Irish litterateurs have made their presence felt in all spheres of written form – be it poetry, short story, novel, essay, history, fiction or even non-fiction. Though English has dominated as the Irish literary language for decades now, there have been pioneering writers and poets who have penned in Irish and brought out some of the most prominent literary works. Irish poetry can be steeply divided into two categories in terms of language – Irish and English. While WB Yeats has been the pioneering leader of Irish literature and poetry, the country has been home to many more great poets such as Brendan Behan, Pat Boran, C. Day Lewis, James Stephens, Evan Boland, Thomas Moore, George William Russell and so on. Find out in details about the life and works of Irish poets.
Oscar WildeOscar Wilde
16 October 1854
Playwright
James JoyceJames Joyce
02 February 1882
Writer

Samuel BeckettSamuel Beckett
13 April 1906
Novelist, Playwright, Theater Director

Jonathan SwiftJonathan Swift
30 November 1667
Author and Satirist

Seamus HeaneySeamus Heaney
13 April 1939
Poet

Thomas MooreThomas Moore
28 May 1779
Poet
Oliver GoldsmithOliver Goldsmith
10 November 1728
Novelist, Playwright, Poet

W B YeatsW B Yeats
13 June 1865
Poet & Dramatist

C. Day LewisC. Day Lewis
27 April 1904
Poet
Eoin ColferEoin Colfer
14 May 1965
Irish author

Eavan BolandEavan Boland
24 September 1944
Poet
Iris MurdochIris Murdoch
15 July 1919
Poet, Philosopher, Novelist, Writer, Biographer

Lafcadio HearnLafcadio Hearn
27 June 1850
Writer, Novelist, Screenwriter, University

Edna O'BrienEdna O'Brien
15 December 1930
Novelist

William Butler YeatsWilliam Butler Yeats
13 June 1865
Poet

Edward Plunkett, 18th Baron of DunsanyEdward Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany
24 July 1878
Dramatist
Richard Brinsley SheridanRichard Brinsley Sheridan
30 October 1751
Poet, Politician, Librettist, Writer, Playwright

John Millington SyngeJohn Millington Synge
16 April 1871
Playwright, Poet

John Scotus EriugenaJohn Scotus Eriugena
0815 AD
Theologian

Thomas D'Arcy McGeeThomas D'Arcy McGee
13 April 1825
Politician
George William RussellGeorge William Russell
10 April 1867
Poet

Derek MahonDerek Mahon
23 November 1941
Poet
Oliver St. John GogartyOliver St. John Gogarty
17 August 1878
Poet

Padraic ColumPadraic Colum
08 December 1881
Poet

Nahum TateNahum Tate
1652 AD
Poet
James Clarence ManganJames Clarence Mangan
01 May 1803
Poet

Charles Gavan DuffyCharles Gavan Duffy
12 April 1816
Journalist
Katharine TynanKatharine Tynan
23 January 1859
Writer

Thomas ParnellThomas Parnell
11 September 1679
Poet

Edward DowdenEdward Dowden
03 May 1843
Critic
Patrick MacGillPatrick MacGill
24 December 1889
Journalist, Poet

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John BanimJohn Banim
03 April 1798
Authors
Lennox RobinsonLennox Robinson
04 October 1886
Dramatist

John Kells IngramJohn Kells Ingram
07 July 1823
Economist

Charles WolfeCharles Wolfe
14 December 1791
Poet

William Henry DrummondWilliam Henry Drummond
13 April 1854
Poet
George DarleyGeorge Darley
1795 AD
Poet
George CrolyGeorge Croly
17 August 1780
Poet

Colm ToibinColm Toibin
30 May 1955
Novelist

John DenhamJohn Denham
1615 AD
Poet

Hugh KellyHugh Kelly
1739 AD
Dramatist
Brendan Francis BehanBrendan Francis Behan
09 January 1923
Poet

Charles Joseph KickhamCharles Joseph Kickham
09 May 1828
Revolutionary

Fitz-James O'BrienFitz-James O'Brien
25 October 1826
Soldier