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English Poetry


WWW.Skoool.ie Notes and support from this fledgling, Irish, educational, site are specifically designed for the needs of the Irish syllabus at both Leaving and Junior Certificate level. Teachers and Students are further advised that there are resources on all subjects available at Leaving Cert.net and at ScoilNet. These are terrific and totally free sites.

Poetry Higher Level:
A selection from the poetry of eight poets is prescribed for Higher Level. Students will be expected to have studied at least six poems by each poet.

Poetry Ordinary Level:

A total of 36 poems is prescribed for Ordinary Level.

Online notes have been found for the following poets



BISHOP, Elizabeth

Introduction | Early Years | Literary Career Follow the Links on the Left. See also and then take a look here

DONNE, John

Notes on his poems. See also Luminarium and hit the More Button

FROST, Robert (Mega Link)

The Tuft of Flowers and others. See also the Robert Frost Webpage

HEANEY, Seamus See also Lots of articles from NY Times

Go to the Links at the end of this page. See also Literary Allusion and the Poetry of Seamus Heaney.

HOPKINS, Gerard Manley

God's Grandeur etc See also The University of Minnesota on Hopkins
MAHON, Derek

Commentary on Mahon See also Online Literary Criticism Collection

PLATH, Sylvia A comprehensive Plath site See also The Sylvia Plath Forum
YEATS, William Butler The Lake Isle of Innisfree etc See also Biographies on Yeats

Ordinary Level

ADCOCK, Fleur For Heidi with Blue Hair
AUDEN, W.H. Visit the W H Auden society and follow the links on the left See also
BISHOP, Elizabeth Introduction | Early Years | Literary Career Follow the Links on the Left. See also and then take a look here
BLAKE, William (lots of links) Poison Tree and lots of links on Blake
DONNE, John The Flea etc See also Luminarium and hit the More button
DUFFY, Carol Ann Valentine
FROST, Robert (Mega Link) Mending Wall etc. See also the Robert Frost Webpage
GRAVES, Robert Robert Graves on the Web See also The poetry of Robert Graves
HEANEY, Seamus See also Lots of articles from NY Times Go to the Links at the end of this page. See also Literary Allusion and the Poetry of Seamus Heaney.
HERBERT, George Check out Herbert from Luminarium
HEWITT, John The Green Shoot
HOPKINS, Gerard Manley Spring and Fall (you must log in, free)See also The University of Minnesota on Hopkins
HUGHES, Ted News and reviews from NY Times
MAHON, Derek Commentary on Mahon See also Online Literary Criticism Collection
MEEHAN, Paula Review of Contemporary Irish Women Poets
MONTAGUE, John The Cage
NÍ CHUILLEANÁIN, Eiléan Swineherd
PLATH, Sylvia A comprehensive Plath site See also The Sylvia Plath Forum
SASSOON, Siegfried

Everyone Sang See also Biography and poetry

SHELLEY, P.B Ozymandias
ST. VINCENT MILLAY, Edna The Life and Poetry See also Edna St. Vincent Millay, poet and playwright
SMITH, Stevie

Deeply Morbid See Also Notes and excellent links

WRIGHT, Judith Request to a Year
YEATS, William Butler The Lake Isle of Innisfree etc See also Biographies on Yeats


  • For Notes on the Poetry and Style of Heaney, Hughes, Keats, Tennyson and many more as well as 6 pages of useful grids for grouping and comparing the poems. Covering nature, the sonnet form, time and mortality, love, the monologue form and use of form for effect


Other Useful Urls

  1. A delightful retelling of Shakespeare's stories, primarily for the younger set. Also makes a good introduction to the various plays.

  2. A Bibliography of online poetry from, many countries and poets, edited by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto from 1912 to the present

  3. An Index of Poets in Representative Poetry Online

  4. Check out Sparknotes for some excellent material. Some will be relevant to your prescribed course. To Access some materials you may be asked to subscribe (become a member). This is a free, safe, and a superb site

  5. Check out Sparknotes for some excellent material on Shakespeare. Some will be relevant to your prescribed course. To Access some materials you may be asked to subscribe (become a member). This is a free, safe, and a superb site

  6. Criticism of Poetry

  7. English Literature Distance Learning Course The London School of Journalism. Follow the links if you have some months to spare. A truly superb site

  8. Glossary of Poetic Terms

  9. Leaving Certificate English Poetry - A Teachnet project for Transition year students. Download information on Kavanagh, Frost, Plath, Mahon Hopkins, Heaney and Wordsworth

  10. Poets .Org TheAcademy of American Poets Hit the 'browse poet links' and the chances are that you will find some useful information here on your targeted poet.

  11. Poetry Webs This is an extraordinarily comprehensive site with superb resources.

  12. Sonnet Central, an archive of English sonnets, commentary, and relevant web links and a forum for poets to share and discuss their own work

  13. The Academy of American Poets


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