This book describes the latest thinking on modern Irish poetry, beginning with a consideration of W. B. Yeats's early work and the legacy of the nineteenth century. The broadly chronological areas that follow, covering the period from the 1910s through to the twenty-first century, allow scope for coverage of key poetic voices in Ireland in their historical and political context. From the experimentalism of Samuel Beckett, Thomas MacGreevy, and others of the modernist generation, to the refashioning of Yeats's Ireland on the part of poets such as Louis MacNeice, Patrick Kavanagh, and Austin Clarke mid-century, through to the controversially titled post-1969 ‘Northern Renaissance’ of poetry, the book provides extensive coverage of the key movements of the modern period. It covers the work of, among others, Paul Durcan, Thomas Kinsella, Brendan Kennelly, Seamus Heaney, Paul Muldoon, Michael Longley, Medbh McGuckian, and Ciaran Carson. The thematic sections interspersed throughout – chapters on women's poetry, religion, translation, painting, music, stylistics – allow for comparative studies of poets north and south across the century. Central to the guiding spirit of this project is the book's analysis of poetic forms as well as the generic diversity of poetry in Ireland, its various manipulations, reinventions, and sometimes repudiations of traditional forms. It also looks at the work of a ‘new’ generation of poets from Ireland, concentrating on work published in the last two decades by Justin Quinn, Leontia Flynn, Sinead Morrissey, David Wheatley, Vona Groarke, and others.