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Thomas Kinsella

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  • Thomas Kinsella (1928-2021) was born in Dublin in 1928. He was educated at University College, Dublin and entered the Irish Civil Service before becoming a full-time writer and teach in the USA. He was the author of over thirty books of poetry and of essays, and editor of The New Oxford Book of Irish Verse. He passed away in December 2021.
    'Kinsella is by now the most formidable presence in Irish poetry, a man whose work has achieved a continuity and sustained power.'
    Seamus Deane, A Short History of Irish Literature 
    'Among those poets writing in English today there is none surpassing Thomas Kinsella.'
    Canadian Journal of Irish Studies
    'Thomas Kinsella is the most important and the most compendious Irish poet since Yeats.'
    Thomas H. Jackson, 'The Whole Matter: The Poetic Evolution of Thomas Kinsella'
    'Kinsella's is a distinct, authoritative, critical voice... even the fragments radiate.'
    Pat Boran, Sunday Tribune
    Awards won by Thomas Kinsella Commended, 2007 Poetry Book Society
    (Selected Poems)
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