In this critical study, Adam Wyeth unravels the many rich and varied ancient Celtic legends which run through contemporary Irish poetry. Each chapter begins with a poem by one of Ireland’s leading poets, followed by sharp, shrewd analysis of its making and references. As well as poetry’s inner workings, the reader will discover a wealth of Celtic culture – their gods, heroes and folklore – and its continuing role in Ireland’s identity today.
The poets included are Eavan Boland, Eilean Ni Chuilleanain, Nuala Ni Dhomhnail, Bernard O’Donoghue, Paul Durcan, John Ennis, Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon, Mary O’Malley, Paula Meehan, Patricia Monaghan, Paul Muldoon, Maurice Riordan, Leanne O’Sullivan and Matthew Sweeney.
Adam Wyeth was born in Sussex in 1978. Silent Music (Salmon Poetry, 2011; ISBN 9781907056659) was highly commended by the Forward Poetry Prize. He was a prize-winner in the 2009 Fish International Poetry Competition, and a runner-up in the 2006 Arvon International Poetry Competition. His work appears in The Forward Book of Poetry 2012 (Faber, 2011; ISBN 9780571277728), The Best of Irish Poetry 2010 (Southword, 2010; ISBN 9781905002344) and Landing Places: Immigrant Poets in Ireland (Dedalus Press, 2010; ISBN 9781906614218). He has lived in County Cork for ten years.