Irish Poetry – Seminar Presentations

The Politics of Contemporary Irish Poetry

Seminar presentation and essay topics

Select the topic of your presentation and end-of-term essay from the ones listed below.


  1. Patrick Kavanagh. Poems: The Great Hunger Part I, Inniskeen Road: July Evening; Shancoduff.
  2. Louis MacNeice. Poems: Autumn Journal: Part XVI; Carrickfergus; Belfast; Snow; Autobiography.


  1. John Hewitt. Poems: The Colony; Once Alien Here; Ulster Names.
  2. Seamus Heaney. Poems: Digging; Bogland; At A Potato Digging; The Tolund Man; Punishment; Act of Union; The Toome Road; Casualty.


  1. Paul Muldoon. Poems: Gathering Mushrooms; Meeting the British; The Sightseers; The Boundary Commission; Aisling; Immrama.
  2. Tom Paulin. Poems: A Just State; Desertmartin ; Line on the Grass; Settlers; Surveillances.
  3. Ciarán Carson. Poems: Belfast Confetti; Turn Again; The Exiles’ Club; Punctuation; Yes.


  1. John Montague. Poems: The Water Carrier; Like Dolmens Round My Childhood, the Old People; The Country Fiddler; Mad Sweeney; A Drink of Milk.
  2. Michael Longley. Poems: In Memoriam; Wounds; Leaving Inishmore; The Butchers; Ceasefire.


  1. Thomas Kinsella. Poems: From Notes from the Land of Dead: ‘The Hen Woman’.
  2. Derek Mahon. Poems: A Disused Shed in Co Wexford, The Last of the Fire Kings; Derry Morning; A Refusal to Mourn.
  3. Paul Durcan. Poems: Making Love Outside Arás An Uachtaráin; In Memory of Those Murdered in the Dublin Massacre, May 1974; The Kilfenora Teaboy.


  1. Eavan Boland. Poems: Mise Éire; Anna Liffey.
  2. Medbh McGuckian. Poems: Mr McGregor’s Garden; Venus and the Rain; The Flower Master; Charlotte’s Delivery; Marconi’s Cottage.
  3. Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill. Poems: Blodwedd; Kundalini; the Táin poems.

Now clich here to register. If your topic is already taken, repeat the selection process.