Collected Poems


Thomas Kinsella

This volume is a collection of Thomas Kinsella’s work from 1956 to 1994, making his earlier works accessible in one volume.

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Thomas Kinsella stands apart in modern Irish poetry. His work, employing traditional and modernist elements in individual poems and open sequences, deals in a range of subjects from the most intense and psychic privacy to political satire and social commentary, from love and the enabling feminine to metaphysical speculation in a variety of earthly settings. Kinsella is a city poet. Born in Dublin in 1928, he attended University College, and entered the Irish Civil Service, but resigned from the Department of Finance in 1965 for a career in poetry in the United States. He published from the beginning with the Dolmen Press, later co-publishing his poetry and translations with Oxford University Press. His translations from the Irish include the Iron-Age prose epic “The Tain” and “Poems of the Dispossessed: 1600-1900”. He is editor of the “New Oxford Book of Irish Verse”.

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