Irish poet born in Dublin, educated at Trinity College, Dublin. She began to write when young, and her first collection, New Territory (1967), was followed by The War Horse (1975), In Her Own Image (1980), Night Feed (1982), The Journey (1987), Outside History (1990), In a Time of Violence (1994), The Lost Land (1998), and Code (2001). Her Collected Poems was published in 1995. Object Lessons (1995) is a prose work reflecting on women, poetry, and the Irish literary temperament, in which she pays tribute to Plath. Her work has a wide thematic range, drawing on classical and Irish myth, on domestic life, and informed by a strong visual sense (several of her works are evocations of works of art), bearing witness to the influence of her painter‐mother. Her verse is characteristically spare, lyric, and condensed. She became professor of English at Stanford University, California, in 1995, and more recently director of the Creative Writing Program there.