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Michael Hartnett is one of Ireland’s most loved poets.
Born in Limerick in 1941, his first collection Anatomy
of a Cliché
was published by Dolmen Press in 1968.
A controversial writer he wrote both in the English
and Irish languages as well as translating a number
of medieval Irish poets into English.

He was a recipient of a number of awards, including
the Irish Poetry Prize, a Poetry Ireland Choice award,
the Irish-American Cultural Institute award and the
American Ireland Fund award.

He was a member of Aosdána. He died in Dublin in 1999.
His Collected Poems are published by the Gallery Press.


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"I'll never forget reading his first short poems in the early sixties; they had a kind of hypnotic power, as if a new Orpheus had emerged from Newcastle West. He was Limerick's Lorca"

.......... Seamus Heaney Nobel prize winner for Literature


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"Michael Hartnett lived his art. He subscribed to no school. The division between the life and the art disappeared in Michael Hartnett. His was the perceived life of the Gaelic poet"

.......... Gabriel Fitzmaurice Friend


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"Michael Hartnett we must place in a class alone. That his work in Irish has undoubtedly enormously enriched his muse in English is undisputed, so is his eminent status as a poet"

.......... Máire Mhac an tSaoi, Poetry Ireland Review


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