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Index of Poems by Ranking
Irish Times Favorite 100 poems.

Some time ago, The Irish Times surveyed their readers. The question was simply: your favorite poem (by an Irish Writer, of course). We haven't seen a new survey since then but it hardly matters.
Included in our Index of Poems is the complete list of 100 Favorite Irish Poems, as chosen by readers of The Irish Times. Over the next few months (or perhaps years - sigh), we hope to post all of them, with appropriate credit. We can't have ourselves getting into trouble, now can we?
Obviously, if we haven't posted it the link will be inactive.
Oh, we almost forgot - who 'won'? (if that isn't irreverent).
W.B. Yeats (of course)
Second place - Patrick Kavanagh
Third place - Seamus Heaney
All the rest form a gaggle.
Considering the poems remaining, I stand(sit) in awe of the talent displayed - I expect you shall too.
Note: A two-number series Indicates poems that tied for a place in the list.

Click here for: Poems Indexed by Title and the Index of the poets - by name.

1. The Lake Isle of Innisfree by W. B. Yeats
2. He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven
by W. B. Yeats
3. Mid-Term Break
by Seamus Heaney
4. The Song of Wandering Aengus
by W. B. Yeats
5. On Raglan Road
by Patrick Kavanagh
6. Easter, 1916
by W. B. Yeats
7. When You are Old
by W.B. Yeats
8. Canal Bank Walk
by Patrick Kavanagh
9. Stony Grey Soil
by Patrick Kavanagh
10. The Stolen Child
by W. B. Yeats
11 - 14.
An Old Woman of the Roads
by Padraic Colum
In Memory of my Mother
by Patrick Kavanagh
Sailing to Byzantium
by W. B. Yeats
The Wild Swans at Coole
by W. B. Yeats
15. The Deserted Village
by Oliver Goldsmith
16 - 17.
The Ballad of Reading Gaol
by Oscar Wilde
September, 1913
by W. B. Yeats
18 - 20.
Digging
by Seamus Heaney
A Christmas Childhood
by Patrick Kavanagh
The Wayfarer
by Padraic Pearse
21 - 22.
Advent
by Patrick Kavanagh
I See His Blood upon the Rose
by Joseph Mary Plunkett
23. The Great Hunger
by Patrick Kavanagh
24 - 25.
Thomas McDonagh
by Francis Ledwidge
The Mother
by Padraic Pearse
26 - 29.
The Planter's Daughter
by Austin Clarke
Caoineadh Áirt Úi Laoghaire
by Eibhlín Dubh Ní `Chonaill
Among Schoolchildren
by W. B. Yeats
The Second Coming
by W. B. Yeats
30. Inniskeen Road, July Evening
by Patrick Kavanagh
31 - 32.
Lines Written on a Seat on the Grand Canal, Dublin, 'Erected to the Memory of Mrs Dermot O'Brien'
by Patrick Kavanagh
An Irish Airman Foresees his Death by W. B. Yeats
33 - 35.
Clearances
by Seamus Heaney
Epic
by Patrick Kavanagh
Another September
by Thomas Kinsella
36 - 37.
The Lost Heifer
by Austin Clarke
A Disused Shed in Co Wexford
by Derek Mahon
38 - 39.
June
by Francis Ledwidge
Snow
by Louis MacNeice
40 - 41.
Personal Helicon
by Seamus Heaney
Mise Raifteirí an File
by Antoine Ó Raifteirí
42 - 45.
Mirror in February
by Thomas Kinsella
Cuírt an Mheán Óiche (The Midnight Court)
by Brian Merriman
Cill Chais
by Aodhagán Ó Rathaille
The Fiddler of Dooney
by W. B. Yeats
46 - 52.
The Blackbird of Derrycairn
by Austin Clarke
Blackberry-Picking
by Seamus Heaney
Spraying the Potatoes
by Patrick Kavanagh
A Pint of Plain is Your Only Man(The Workmans Friend)
by Flann O'Brien
Anois Teacht an Earraigh
by Antoine Ó Raifteirí
The Circus Animals' Desertion
by W. B. Yeats
The Fisherman
by W. B. Yeats
53 - 57.
Ecce Puer
by James Joyce
Incantata
by Paul Muldoon
Cúl an Tí
by Seán Ó Ríordáin
To a Child Dancing in the Wind
by W. B. Yeats
The Tower
by W. B. Yeats
58 - 68.
Night Feed
by Eavan Boland
She Moved Through the Fair
by Padraic Colum
Death of a Naturalist
by Seamus Heaney
Requiem for the Croppies
by Seamus Heaney
Autumn Journal
by Louis MacNeice
Dublin
by Louis MacNeice
Dark Rosaleen
by James Clarence Mangan
The Meeting of the Waters
by Thomas Moore
Bean Sléibhe ag Caoineadh a Mhac
by Pádraig Mac Piarais (Padraic Pearse)
The Ballad of Father Gilligan
by W. B. Yeats
Red Hanrahan's Song about Ireland
by W. B. Yeats
69 - 79.
The Faeries
by William Allingham
Pangur Bán
Anonymous
Follower
by Seamus Heaney
Padraig Ó Conaire, Gaelic Storyteller
by F.R. Higgins
To My Darling Daughter Betty
by Tom Kettle
The Fool
by Padraic Pearse
The Splendour of God
by Joseph Mary Plunkett
Sheep and Lambs
by Katharine Tynan
Broken Dreams
by W. B. Yeats
Down by the Sally Gardens
by W. B. Yeats
Under Ben Bulben
by W. B. Yeats
80 - 99.
Valparaiso
by Pádraig de Brún
A Cradle Song
by Padraic Colum
A Drover
by Padraic Colum
Woodman
by Patrick Deeley
Christmas Day
by Paul Durcan
Going Home to Mayo
by Paul Durcan
Death of an Irishwoman
by Michael Hartnett
Postscript
by Seamus Heaney
Station Island
by Seamus Heaney
Father and Son
by F.R. Higgins
For Rita With Love
by Pat Ingoldsby
Pegasus
by Patrick Kavanagh
An Bonnán Buí
by Cathal Buí Mac Giolla Ghunna
'Tis the last rose of summer
by Thomas Moore
An tEarrach Thiar
by Máirtín Ó Direáin
Oíche Nollag na mBan
by Seán Ó Ríordáin
Mise Éire
by Pádraig Mac Piarais(Padraic Pearse)
The Host of the Air
by W. B. Yeats
Leda and the Swan
by W. B. Yeats
A Prayer for my Daughter
by W. B. Yeats
100. All Legendary Obstacles
by John Montague


 

Wed, Feb 27, 2013
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The Collected Works of W.B. Yeats

No matter who does the collecting, the works stand on their own but this is an excellent compilation and well worth adding to your library.

1000 Years of Irish Poetry: The Gaelic and Anglo Irish Poets from Pagan Times to the Present
by Kathleen Hoagland

Interested in Irish Poetry?Here's the easy way to collect them all (well, almost all, anyway).
Malachy McCourt says in his introduction, "With the republication of this book, the Irish recover under their roof of stars all the great poets and writers who have been falsely claimed by the saxon crown and its minions - even our reprobates."
Amazon states this is out of stock. They still have used copies for almost nothing (except shipping - chuckle). If you would like a new edition, it was available at Powell's. We can't promise it's still there. Click here for Powell's 1000 Years.
Click here for used at Amazon.


 

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