This collection of Irish poetry concentrates on those poems which have established themselves in the public affection. From Jonathan Swift to Seamus Heaney, from anonymous ballads like 'The Night Before Larry was Stretched' to Paul Durcan, 'Popular Irish Poetry' spans an extraordinary range of human emotion. Here you will find patriotic poetry, lyrics celebrating the beauty of the Irish countryside, local ballads as well as a selection of work from the great poetry revival of the last twenty years. Naturally W.B. Yeats takes pride of place and much of his best-loved work is included in 'Popular Irish Poetry'.