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In the first half of the 20th century, the men and women of Ireland experienced the brutal realities of a succession of wars - from the unrelenting casualties of WW1, to the domestic upheavals of the 1916 Rising and the Irish Civil War; from the romantic idealism of the Spanish Civil War, to the unimaginable horrors of WW2. Earth Voices Whispering gathers together, for the very first time, a wide range of poetic voices that chart the human experiences of these wars, compiled and edited by Belfast-born poet and senior lecturer in Trinity College Dublin, Gerald Dawe. Featuring over three hundred poems by celebrated poets such as C.S Lewis, AE, W.B. Yeats, Patrick Kavanagh and Seamus Heaney, and including new poems by Derek Mahon and Eilean Ni Chuilleanain, the anthology records the thoughts and experiences of poets as soldiers, patriots, observers, protestors, medics and mourners. From patriotism to anger, passion to compassion, hope to regret, this groundbreaking new anthology embraces the complex reality of a rich, unique and historically overlooked period in Irish poetry.
Gerald Dawe was educated at the University of Ulster, Coleraine, and the National University of Ireland, Galway. A Fellow of Trinity College Dublin, he is Director of the Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing and senior lecturer in the School of English at TCD. His seven collections of poetry include The Lundys Letter, Sunday School and Points West. His Selected Poems was published in 2012. He has also published a volume of collected criticism, The Proper Word; a memoir, My Mother-City; and a number of anthologies, including Earth Voices Whispering: An Anthology of Irish War Poetry, 1914-1945.He was the John J. Burns Visiting Professor at Boston College and Charles Heimbold Professor in Irish Studies at Villanova University, Philadelphia. He lives in County Dublin. www.gerald-dawe.net www.facebook.com/Gerald.Dawe