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The power of poetry and plays to help us find courage, solace, and energy is widely acknowledged. In reading poetry we are free to extract our own meanings, and we accept that there is no one right answer. Plays bring to life the stories we tell, encouraging empathy and imagination.

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100 Poems

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Seamus Heaney had the idea to form a personal selection from across the entire arc of his poetry, small yet comprehensive enough to serve as an introduction for all comers.
€13.50 €13.95

Pocket Irish Poetry

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This beautifully illustrated collection contains the greatest poems from the greatest Irish poets.
€6.00

A Lick and a Promise

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A Lick and a Promise is the debut poetry collection of one of Ireland's most famed female musicians, Imelda May.
€16.99 €17.80

Tomorrow Is Beautiful

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Compiled and edited by the incomparable Sarah Crossan, this gifty collection of poems is perfect for anyone who may be struggling to find the right words of comfort - in this year and beyond
€18.15

100 Queer Poems

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€18.15

Irish Poems

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With its roots in the devotional verse of the early Christian church and the long lyric poems of the Irish bards, Irish poetry has a rich and robust tradition both of engagement and self-reflection. Thematically organized and spanning many centuries, this selection features a section of Gaelic poetry in translation.
€16.80

Collected Poems

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This volume contains all the major lyric poems reflecting the diverse moods and phases of this important and inspiring poet, from He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven and The Lake Isle of Innisfree to Sailing to Byzantium.
€15.35

Poems of the Irish People

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This volume celebrates the poetic heritage of the Emerald Isle, with more than 50 classic poems about Ireland's people, history, character and myths and legends. Its contributors include William Butler Yeats, William Allingham and other well-known Irish poets.
€16.80

Home Body

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A revised hardcover edition of the Number One Sunday Times bestseller home body by rupi kaur, author of the Number One Sunday Times bestsellers milk and honey and the sun and her flowers. Rupi's long-awaited hardcover edition debuts exclusive poems and is beautifully clothbound and foil stamped.
€17.99 €20.95

Crooked love: Gra fiar

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Louis de Paor is one of Ireland's leading Irish-language poets. This new dual-language selection is drawn from his collections Cupla Siamach an Ama/The Siamese Twins of Time and Gra fiar/Crooked Love, and includes the sequence 'La da raibh/One day', adapted for a dual-language radio feature with music by Dana Lyn broadcast on RTE in 2021.
€17.55

Milk and Honey

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milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss and femininity.
€13.95

The Collected Poems of W.B.Yeats

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This volume includes all of Yeats's published poetry, from the hauntingly beautiful early lyrics by which he is still best remembered, to the later work which some argue put beyond question his status as one of the foremost poets of his age.
€7.00

The Heavy Bear Who Goes With Me: 100 classic poems with commentary

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The ultimate reader's companion to poetry: a selection of 100 classic poems from five centuries with lively "companion" commentary to go with and illuminate each poem. Modern poets include Delmore Schwartz, whose sense of conflict between self and society gave birth to this anthology's title-poem, 'The Heavy Bear Who Goes With Me'.
€20.95

Pit Lullabies

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These intimate, visceral and often wickedly funny poems journey through darker days of new parenthood, teasing out anxieties over violence against women and the destruction of our environment. It's Jessica Traynor's third collection, following Liffey Swim (2014) and The Quick (2019) from Ireland's Dedalus Press. Poetry Book Society Recommendation.
€15.35

Eat Or We Both Starve

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A daring first collection from an exciting young Irish poet, tackling how to live with the past and not be consumed by it.
€15.35

New Selected Poems

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New and selected poems by Ireland's most acclaimed contemporary female poet.
€18.15

Emily Dickinson

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Unpublished in her lifetime, Emily Dickinson's intensely personal lyrics have much been admired since her death. This is a collection of her work.
€7.00

Music for the Dead and Resurrected

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€13.95

Time is a Mother

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How else do we return to ourselves but to fold The page so it points to the good part In this deeply intimate second poetry collection, Ocean Vuong searches for life among the aftershocks of his mother's death, embodying the paradox of sitting within grief while being determined to survive beyond it.
€18.99 €20.95

Warning: When I am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple

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Twice-voted poem of the year, Warning is an uplifting poem about growing older - now beautifully redesigned with new illustrations
€9.80

Best-loved Yeats: William Butler Yeats

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An illustrated collection of forty of Yeats' best-loved works, on topics including Love, Politics, Old Age, Myth and Legend includes people, places and events that were important to him.
€15.00

W.B. Yeats

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W B Yeats (1865-1939) was not only Ireland's greatest poet but one of the most influential voices in world literature in the twentieth century.
€15.35

The Year's at the Spring: An Anthology of Best-Loved Poems

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A beautiful new publication of a century-old anthology with illustrations by Harry Clarke.
€10.00

Poetry Pharmacy

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As heard on BBC Radio 4, the essential prescriptions from 'Dr' Sieghart's poetic dispensary.
€18.15

A Thousand Mornings

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Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver celebrates morning, in a collection published for the first time in the UK, along with selected backlist.
€12.55

New and Selected Poems: v. 1

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When New and Selected Poems, Volume One was originally published in 1992, Mary Oliver was awarded the National Book Award. In the fourteen years since its initial appearance it has become one of the best-selling volumes of poetry in the country.
€20.95

Penguin's Poems for Life

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Taking its inspiration from Shakespeare's idea of the 'seven ages' of a human life, this anthology brings together the poems in English. Beginning with babies, it is divided into sections on childhood, growing up, making a living and making love, family life, getting older, and approaching death, ending with poems of mourning and commemoration.
€13.95

Book of Longing

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Leonard Cohen made his name as a poet before he came to worldwide attention as a singer and songwriter. This collection of his poetry was written in Montreal, Mumbai and during his retirement in Mt Baldy.
€13.95

Collected Poems

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€15.35

Bright Poems for Dark Days: An anthology for hope

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An illustrated anthology of uplifting poetry
€18.15

Orlam

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Orlam reveals PJ Harvey as not only one of the most talented songwriters of the age, but a gifted poet - whose formal skill, transforming eye and ear for the lyric line has produced a strange and moving poem like no other.
€18.99 €23.75

TO STAR THE DARK

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€12.50

Dog Songs: Poems

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In her collection Dog Songs, Pulitzer prize-winning poet Mary Oliver celebrates of the unique bond between human and dog. Published for the first time in the UK, this is an essential gift for dog lovers of all ages.
€15.99 €18.15

The Historians

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A new collection from Eavan Boland, a pioneering figure in Irish poetry who has been credited with inspiring a generation. This will be her final collection, following her passing in April 2020.
€14.20

Poems for Stillness

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A beautiful collection of classic poetry to calm, console and uplift.
€15.35

Call Us What We Carry, Poems

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The debut collection from the bestselling phenomenon who performed at the Presidential Inauguration.
€16.99 €20.95

Butcher's Dozen

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To mark the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday and its commemoration in Derry in January 2022, Carcanet proudly publish a new edition of Thomas Kinsella's Butcher's Dozen, with a prologue from the Saville Report, an epilogue from the Prime Minister's House of Commons apology, and a new author's note.
€9.60

Selected Poems

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Thirteenth-century Persian philosopher, mystic, scholar and founder of the order of the Whirling Dervishes, Jelaluddin Rumi was also a poet of transcendental power. His inspirational verse speaks with the universal voice of the human soul and brims with exuberant energy and passion.
€12.55

Hamlet

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HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics.
€3.50