Irish Literary Renaissance

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The great period of modern Irish writing, mostly in the English language and to a significant extent written outside Ireland, from about 1885 to the death of William Butler Yeats in 1939. The twin highlights of this period are the poetic career of Yeats himself, indisputably the greatest poet in the English language in his time, and the spectacular talent of James Joyce, who made himself the master of modern English prose and a formidably original leader of international modernism. The literary achievements in this period of the playwrights J. M. Synge and Sean O'Casey are also noteworthy.

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