WHEN the Nobel committee awarded the late, great Seamus Heaney the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995, the Derry poet’s extraordinary success and global reputation cast a huge shadow over contemporary Irish poetry.
Almost a month on from the sudden and untimely passing of Seamus Heaney, I take a look at five contemporary Irish poets whom anyone remotely interested in contemporary Irish literature should read.
I have profiled poets who, in my opinion, have the potential to connect with new readers in much the same way that the great Derry bard did over a period of almost five decades.
The list includes a mix of poets who have been contemporaries of Heaney’s throughout those decades, as well as young, experienced poets with almost a half- dozen collections of poems to their names, which would stand up on the International stage with the work of the most accomplished poets currently writing in the English language.
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