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

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

W B YeatsW B Yeats
13 June 1865
Poet & Dramatist

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

Richard Brinsley SheridanRichard Brinsley Sheridan
30 October 1751
Poet, Politician, Librettist, Writer, Playwright

William Butler YeatsWilliam Butler Yeats
13 June 1865
Poet
John Millington SyngeJohn Millington Synge
16 April 1871
Playwright, Poet

Thomas D'Arcy McGeeThomas D'Arcy McGee
13 April 1825
Politician
Eavan BolandEavan Boland
24 September 1944
Poet

Padraic ColumPadraic Colum
08 December 1881
Poet

Nahum TateNahum Tate
1652 AD
Poet
Oliver St. John GogartyOliver St. John Gogarty
17 August 1878
Poet

James Clarence ManganJames Clarence Mangan
01 May 1803
Poet
Derek MahonDerek Mahon
23 November 1941
Poet

Katharine TynanKatharine Tynan
23 January 1859
Writer

Patrick MacGillPatrick MacGill
24 December 1889
Journalist, Poet

Colm ToibinColm Toibin
30 May 1955
Novelist
Charles Joseph KickhamCharles Joseph Kickham
09 May 1828
Revolutionary
Brendan Francis BehanBrendan Francis Behan
09 January 1923
Poet