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  • Published: 15 October 1998
  • ISBN: 9780224050357
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: $35.00

Selected Poems



Michael Longley is, after Seamus Heaney, the most important poet to come out of the North of Ireland.

Celebrated for his lyrical intensity, his metaphysical wit, his thematic and formal range, Michael Longley is widely regarded as one of the finest poets in these islands. His life in Northern Ireland has contributed to the complexity of a poetic universe in which love, friendship and aesthetics contend with war, death and violance. There are no hard boundaries between Longley's love poetry, his nature poetry, his war poetry and his elegies. Longley looks to the poets of Greece and Rome, particularly Homer and Ovid, and to the poets of the two world wars. His great ability, perhaps, has been to distil the large and difficult themes into highly concentrated forms.

This is Michael Longley's own selection from thirty years of writing; it reveals the strength and coherence of an extraordinary body of work.

  • Published: 15 October 1998
  • ISBN: 9780224050357
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: $35.00

About the author

Michael Longley

Michael Longley has received many awards, among them the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Hawthornden Prize, the Irish Times Poetry Now Award, the American Ireland Fund Literary Award and the Griffin International Prize. His Collected Poems was published in 2006, and Sidelines: Selected Prose in 2017. In 2001 Longley received the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry, and in 2003 the Wilfred Owen Award. He was appointed a CBE in 2010, and from 2007 to 2010 was Ireland Professor of Poetry. In 2017 he received the PEN Pinter Prize, and in 2018 the inaugural Yakamochi Medal. In 2015 he was made a Freeman of the City of Belfast, where he and his wife the critic Edna Longley live and work.

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