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Michael Longley

(b. 1939)


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(1939– ),

Irish poet. Born in Belfast, Longley is one of the triumvirate of important Northern Irish poets (with Heaney and Mahon) who emerged in the 1960s. His natural role as love poet and observer of nature has been challenged by the horrors of the post‐1969 Troubles. ‘Wounds’ encompasses both the fate of the Ulster Division at the Somme in 1916 and recent sectarian atrocity. Longley is a fine monologuist, as well as a fine natural historian and elegist. His highly acclaimed work includes Gorse Fires (1991, Whitbread Poetry Award), The Weather in Japan (2000, T. S. Eliot Prize), Snow Water (2004), and Collected Poems (2006). He has edited 20th Century Irish Poems (2002) and (with his wife, the critic Edna Longley) an edition of MacNeice's Selected Poems (1988).

Subjects: Literature.


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