Great Irish Poets

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As a reader, you still may be ignorant of many great authors; of those, you do know you may not be able to distinguish the revered and adored from the mediocre before you spend your time on their works. Since all differ in taste, you, when you can distinguish, may not know whom you will enjoy. Your search will exhaust you and your time, situating you in a dilemma: How do you find the perfect author without using up your time? Here is where to start, the following are some of the greatest Irish poets, authors.

Samuel Beckett

Born on April 13, 1906, in Foxrock, County Dublin, Ireland, Samuel Barclay Beckett was an author, critic, and playwright. He was in a Protestant, Anglo-Irish family. His father, William Frank Beckett, was a quantity surveyor and his mother a nurse. She bore him when William and she both were 35. When five he entered a playschool, and began learning music, then moved to Earlsfort House School. At 14 he started attending the Portora Royal School, in which Oscar Wilde (one of the great Irish poets) was. At Dublin University he played cricket, a first for a to-be Nobel literature laureate. Beckett attained a BA after studying Italian, English, and French. For Joyce’s effect on Beckett’s work, befriending James Joyce was important to Beckett’s work.

Beckett’s premier success is Waiting for Godot, a dark comical play where nothing happens. Other works include Molloy, The Unnamable, Watt, Malone Dies, and more. Since he was of the absurdist, he wrote plays that focused on dark parts of human life. His writing seems bleak and examines humans as they are static and directionless. So, contemplating life, you should read him.

James Joyce

He was born Feb. 2, 1882, in Dublin Ireland. James Joyce attended University College, Dublin. There, like Beckett, he studied languages, and read outside of the recommended book list. Joyce especially admired Henrik Ibsen. He graduated with a B.A., and he became resolute to write when his review of an Ibsen play gained some notoriety. Eventually, to support himself, he decided on becoming a doctor, but the plans soon fell apart. Poverty struck him while he had eye problems, and he subsisted due only to a sufficient donation.

His greatest work is Ulysses. His work becomes difficult to comprehend towards its latter half. This is because it continuously employs a stream of consciousness and because of its masterful use of English. His other work, Finnegan’s Wake, is even more difficult to understand. His need to make his works difficult to read presents a challenge for his readers. Thus, if you are someone looking for a challenge, read James Joyce.

George Bernard Shaw

Considered, after Shakespeare, the second greatest English-language dramatist, George Bernard Shaw was born on 26 July 1856, in Dublin, Ireland. He dropped out and by 16 was working in a land agent’s office. At 20 he resolved to become a writer and began to read what he has missed at school. Although his first attempts at literature failed in full, he eventually came to be successful.

Shaw, like Shakespeare, wrote on a wide range of topics using a wide range of themes. He brought intelligent theatre to the spotlight. Thus, in his works, again like Shakespeare’s, there is always philosophical examination. So, if you like to ponder the universe and laugh a bit, Shaw is for you.

There are many other Irish poets or authors, but with these few, you can form a strong base and explore the rest by yourself.