LITT07019 2019 Yeats and Contemporary Irish Poetry

General Details

Full Title
Yeats and Contemporary Irish Poetry
Transcript Title
Yeats and Contemporary Irish P
80 %
Subject Area
LITT - Literature
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Tom Weir, Rhona Trench, Cary Shay
Programme Membership
SG_HWRIT_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Writing and Literature SG_HWLIT_H08 202000 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Writing and Literature

This module will introduce students to representative Irish poetry from Yeats to the present day and the literary theory and criticism relevant to the study of contemporary Irish poetry. The module will include examinations of the Irish Literary revival, the relation of poetry to national partition and the civil crisis in Northern Ireland, Irish Language Poetry in translation, gender in Irish poetry, post-colonialism, emigration and exile, postmodernism, the Celtic Tiger, and post-boom politics in relation to poetic theme and form. The poets we will read include W.B.Yeats, Austin Clarke, Patrick Kavanaugh, Seamus Heaney, John Montague, Michael Hartnett, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Eilean Ní Chuilleanáin, Eavan Boland, Paula Meehan, Thomas Kinsella, Paul Muldoon, Vona Groark, Medbh McGuckian, Paul Durcan, Rita Ann Higgins, Derek Mahon, and other representative poets writing now.


Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Identify elements of poetic form particularly in relation to Irish concerns in the modern period


Demonstrate a knowledge of developments in the modern Irish poetic tradition since Yeats and how to read contemporary poetry in relation to historical, political and aesthetic contexts


Explain different theoretical perspectives in relation to contemporary Irish poetry including Postcolonialism, Gender Studies, Memory Studies and Postmodernism


Conduct in-depth analysis on a selected poet or poetic text of the period and present to others


Write a critical essay using textual evidence from both primary and secondary sources and document according to academic conventions

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This is a seminar that uses a variety of teaching and learning strategies to maximise learning opportunities for students including mini-lectures, class discussions, pair and group work with discussion questions and short activities, group and individual presentations, visiting writers as well as varied media excerpts for teaching including video and podcasts.


Module Assessment Strategies

This module is assessed by 100% continuous assessment including an individual presentation (30%), group creative project (30%) and an essay (40%)

Repeat Assessments

Projects can be repeated should a learner fail continuous assessment

Indicative Syllabus


Introduction to poetic form and ways of reading poetry including verse forms, use of metaphor, symbol, image and sound

Yeats & The Irish Literary Revival

Irish Modernism

The Northern Revival

Poetry and the Postcolonial

Exile, Emigration and Irish poetry

Contemporary Irish writing and postmodernism

Irish Language Poetry in Translation

The ‘Troubles’ in contemporary Irish writing

Irish writing and the ‘Celtic Tiger’ years


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 presentation Continuous Assessment Assignment 30 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4
2 Creative project Continuous Assessment Group Project 30 % Week 8 1,2,3,4
3 Essay Continuous Assessment Essay 40 % End of Semester 1,2,3,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Seminar Flat Classroom Seminar class 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
1996 Yeats's Poems MacMillan
ISBN 0333675185 ISBN-13 9780333675182
Required Reading
1995 Modern Irish Poetry
ISBN UOM:39015037286666

A major collection of 20th century Irish poetry representing 47 poets since Yeats.

Recommended Reading
1997-03 Inventing Ireland Harvard University Press
ISBN 0674463641 ISBN-13 9780674463646

Required Reading
Irish Poetry Since Kavanagh Four Courts Press

Required Reading
The Dual Tradition Carcanet

Required Reading
20/10/2019 An Anthology of Modern Irish Poetry Harvard University Press

Required Reading
20/08/2019 Collected Poems of Austin Clarke Carcanet

Required Reading
20/10/2019 The Literature of Ireland: Culture and Criticism Cambridge University Press

Required Reading
20/10/2019 Collected Poems Carcanet

Required Reading
1981 An Duanaire: Poetry of the Dispossessed Dolmen Press

Required Reading
1997 A Necklace of Wrens The Gallery Press

Required Reading
1995 The Brazen Serpent Wake Forest University Press

Required Reading
1991 The Man Who Was Marked by Winter The Gallery Press

Required Reading
20/07/2019 The Fifty Minute Mermaid The Gallery Press

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Boland, Eavan Object Lessons: The Life of the Woman and the Poet in Our Time. Carcanet Press, 1996.


Bourke, Angela, et al., eds. The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing Volumes IV and V: Women’s Writing and Traditions. Cork University Press, 2002.


Brown, Terence. Ireland A Social and Cultural History 1922 to 2001. HarperCollins, 2011.


Brown, Terrence. The Literature of Ireland, Culture and Criticism. Cambridge University Press, 2010.


Brown, Terence and Nicholas Grene, eds. Tradition and Influence in Anglo-Irish Poetry. Macmillan, 1989.


Cairns, David and Toni O’Brien, eds. Gender in Irish Writing. The Open University Press, 1991.


Cairns, David and Shaun Richards. Writing Ireland: Colonialism, Nationalism and Culture. Manchester University Press, 1988.


Crotty, Patrick, ed. Modern Irish Poetry: An Anthology. Blackstaff, 1995.


Campbell, Matthew. The Cambridge Companion to Contemporary Irish Poetry. Cambridge University Press, 2003.


Deane, Seamus. The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing Vols 1-3. Field Day Publications, 1991.


Dorgan, Theo, ed. Irish Poetry Since Kavanagh. Four Courts Press, 1996.


Fallis, Richard. The Irish Renaissance: an Introduction to Anglo-Irish Literature. Gill &McMillan, 1978.


Fitzmaurice, Gabriel and Declan Kiberd, eds. An Crann Faoi Bhláth/The Flowering Tree: Contemporary Irish Poetry with Verse Translations. Wolfhound, 1991.


Garrat, Robert F. Modern Irish Poetry. Tradition and Continuity from Yeats to Heaney University of California Press, 1986.


Goodby, John. Irish Poetry since 1950: From Stillness into History. Manchester University Press, 2000.


Graham, Colin. Deconstructing Ireland: Identity, Theory, Culture. Edinburgh University Press, 2001.


Heaney, Seamus. The Government of The Tongue: The 1986 T.S. Eliot Memorial Lectures and Other Critical Writings. Faber and Faber, 1988.


Holdridge, Jefferson and Brian O’Conchubair. Post-Ireland? Essays On Contemporary Irish Poetry. Wake Forest University Press, 2017.


Hufstader, John. Tongue of Water, Teeth of Stone: Northern Irish Poetry. University of Connecticut, 1999.


Hunt-Mahony, Christine. Contemporary Irish Literature: Transforming Tradition. Macmillan, 1998.


Keating, Kenneth. Contemporary Irish Poetry and the Canon.: Critical Limitations and Textual Liberations. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.


Kelleher, Margaret and Philip O’Leary, eds. The Cambridge History of Irish Literature Volumes I and II. Cambridge University Press, 2006.


Kiberd, Declan. Inventing Ireland. Vintage, 1996.


Kiberd, Declan. The Irish Writer and The World. Cambridge University Press, 2005.


Kinsella, Thomas. The Dual Tradition: An Essay on Poetry and Politics in Ireland. Carcanet, 1995.


Lloyd, David. Anomalous States: Irish Writing and The Postcolonial Moment. Duquesne University Press, 1993.


Ní Dhomhnaill, Nuala. Selected Essays. New Island, 2005.


Obert, Julia. Post-Colonial Overtures: The Politics of Sound in Contemporary Northern Irish Poetry. Syracuse University Press, 2015.


Smith, Stan. Irish Poetry and the Construction of Modern Identity. Irish Academic Press, 2005.


Sewell, Frank. Modern Irish Poetry: A New Alhambra. Oxford University Press, 2000.


Welch, Robert. Changing States: Transformations in Modern Irish Writing. Routledge, 1993.


Wills, Clair. Improprieties: Politics and Sexuality in Northern Irish Poetry. Oxford University Press, 1993.


Wilson, Rebecca and Gilean Sommerville-Arjat. Sleeping with Monsters: Conversations with Scottish and Irish Women Poets. Wolfhound, 1990.



Journal Resources

The Irish Review

Journal of Irish Studies

Nordic Irish Studies

Irish University Review

Poetry Ireland Review


The Southern Review

URL Resources

Austin Clarke:

Michael Hartnett:

Seamus Heaney:

Eavan Boland:


Other Resources

Words Lightly Spoken, Poetry Ireland Podcast

RTE1 The Poetry Program

National Library of Ireland Online Exhibition Space

The Poetry Foundation App