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.