Verse in English from Eighteenth-century Ireland
This pioneering anthology introduces many previously neglected eighteenth-century writers to a general readership, and will lead to a re-examination of the entire canon of Irish verse in English.
Between 1700 and 1800, Dublin was second only to London as a center for the printing of poetry in English. Many fine poets were active during this period. However, because Irish eighteenth-century verse in English has to a great extent escaped the scholar and the anthologist, it is hardly known at all.
The most innovative aspect of this new anthology is the inclusion of many poetic voices entirely unknown to modern readers. Although the anthology contains the work of well-known figures such as John Toland, Thomas Parnell, Jonathan Swift, Patrick Delany, Laetitia Pilkington and Oliver Goldsmith, there are many verses by lesser known writers and nearly eighty anonymous poems which come from the broadsheets, manuscripts and chapbooks of the time. What emerges is an entirely new perspective on life in eighteenth-century Ireland. We hear the voice of a hard working farmer's wife from county Derry, of a rambling weaver from county Antrim, and that of a woman dying from drink. We learn about whale-fishing in county Donegal, about farming in county Kerry and bull-baiting in Dublin. In fact, almost every aspect of life in eighteenth-century Ireland is described vividly, energetically, with humor and feeling in the verse of this anthology.
Among the most moving poems are those by Irish-speaking poets who use amhran or song meter and internal assonance, both borrowed from Irish, in their English verse. Equally interesting is the work of the weaver poets of Ulster who wrote in vigorous and energetic Ulster-Scots. The anthology also includes political poems dating from the reign of James II to the Act of Union, as well as a selection of lesser-known nationalist and Orange songs. Each poem is fully annotated and the book also contains a glossary of terms in Hiberno-English and Ulster Scots.
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James Orr 177017981816
Chapbook verse of the 1780s
James Ward 169117181736
A Note on the Texts
Nahum Tate 165216981715
William King 166317041712
William Congreve 167017101729
John Taylor fl 1787
Brian Merriman c 174917891805
Charlotte Brooke c 174017891793
OReilly fl 1790
Pat OKelly 17541791c 1812
Henrietta ONeill 175817921793
Samuel Thomson 176617931816
Edward Walsh 175617931832
Mary Monck c 167817151715
Morrough OConnor fl 171940
Matthew Concanen 170117201749
Anonymous poems current 171025
Nicholas Browne c 169917221734
Mary Davys 167417251732
Swift and his Irish contemporaries 171345
Jonathan Swift 16671745
Anonymous verse from newspapers and books of the 1780s
Anonymous IrishEnglish poems from the 1780s
Four anonymous rambling songs
Anonymous poems from the 1790s
Richard Alfred Milliken 176718001815
Jane Elizabeth Moore 17381796?
Mary Alcock c 174217981798
Hugh Porter 178017991812
Three Orange Songs
Edward Lysaght 176318001810
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