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Derek Mahon
Derek Mahon

Derek Mahon (born 23 November 1941) is an Irish poet. He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Image File history File linksMetadata PoedeDEREKMAHON.jpg‎ Template:Book-Cover http://www. ... Image File history File linksMetadata PoedeDEREKMAHON.jpg‎ Template:Book-Cover http://www. ... November 23 is the 327th day of the year (328th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 38 days remaining. ... This article is about the year. ... For a comparatively small country, Ireland has made a disproportionate contribution to world literature in all its branches. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 54. ... Motto: (French for God and my right)2 Anthem: UK: God Save the Queen Regional: (De facto) Londonderry Air Capital Belfast Largest city Belfast Official language(s) English (De facto), Irish, Ulster Scots 3, NI Sign Language Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister Tony Blair MP  - First...


Mahon was born the only child of Ulster Protestant working class parents. His father worked at Harland and Wolff while his mother worked at a local Flax Mill. During his childhood, he claims he was something of a solitary dreamer, comfortable with his own company yet aware of the world around him.He became interested in literature from an early age. He attended Skegoneil Primary school and then the Royal Belfast Academical Instiution. At the institute he encountered fellow student who shared his interest in literature and poetry. The school produced a magazine to which Mahon produced some of his early poems. According to the critic Hugh Haughton his early poems were highly fluent and extraordinary for a person so young. Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries began as a shipyard located in Belfast, Northern Ireland. ...

Mahon pursued third level studies at Trinity College Dublin where he formed many friendships with writers such as Michael Longley, [[Eavan Boland]] and Brendan Kennelly. He became more aware of the world around him and started to mature as a poet. He left Trinity in 1965 to take up studies in the Sorbonne in Paris. The College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Queen Elizabeth near Dublin or more commonly Trinity College, Dublin (TCD) was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, is the only constituent college of the University of Dublin, Irelands oldest university. ... Michael Longley (b. ... Eavan Boland (born 1944) is an Irish poet and essayist. ... Brendan Kennelly (born 1936) is a popular Irish poet, and novelist. ... The College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Queen Elizabeth near Dublin or more commonly Trinity College, Dublin (TCD) was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, is the only constituent college of the University of Dublin, Irelands oldest university. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... The Sorbonne, Paris, in a 17th century engraving The Sorbonne today, from the same point of view The Sorbonne is frequently used in ordinary parlance as synonymous with the faculty of theology of Paris or the University of Paris in its entirety. ...

After leaving the Sorbonne in 1966 he worked his way through Canada and the United States. In 1967 he published his first collection of poems Night Crossing. He taught in a school in Dublin and worked in London as a free lance journalist. He currently lives in Dublin. 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... London (pronounced ) is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. ...


Thoroughly educated and with a keen understanding of literary tradition, Mahon came out of the tumult of Northern Ireland with a formal, moderate, even restrained poetic voice. In an era of free verse, Mahon has often written in received forms, using a broadly applied version of iambic pentameter that, metrically, resembles the "sprung foot" verse of Gerard Manley Hopkins. Some poems rhyme. Even the Irish landscape itself is never all that far from the classical tradition, as in his poem "Achill": Free verse (also at times referred to as vers libre) is a term describing various styles of poetry that are not written using strict meter or rhyme, but that still are recognizable as poetry by virtue of complex patterns of one sort or another that readers can perceive to be... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... Iambic pentameter is a meter in poetry. ... Gerard Manley Hopkins (July 28, 1844 - June 8, 1889) was a British Victorian poet and Jesuit priest. ...

Croagh Patrick towers like Naxos over the water
And I think of my daughter at work on her difficult art
And wish she were with me now between thrush and plover,
Wild thyme and sea-thrift, to lift the weight from my heart.

He has also explored the genre of ekphrasis: the poetic reinterpretation of visual art. In that respect he has been interested in 17th century Dutch and Flemish art. Croagh Patrick (Cruach Phádraig in Irish), known locally as the Reek, is a mountain in the west of Ireland in County Mayo. ... Naxos (Greek: Νάξος; Italian: Nicsia) is the largest island (428 km²) in the Cyclades island group in the Aegean. ... Ecphrasis or ekphrasis (from Greek ek out + phrasis speaking, verb ekphrazein, to proclaim or call an inanimate object by name) in modern times is taken to be the graphic, often dramatic description of a visual work of art while anciently the word applied to a description of any things, persons... (16th century - 17th century - 18th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 17th century was that century which lasted from 1601-1700. ... Flanders (Dutch: Vlaanderen) has several main meanings: the social, cultural and linguistical, scientific and educational, economical and political community of the Flemings; some prefer to call this the Flemish community (others refer to this as the Flemish nation) which is, with over 6 million inhabitants, the majority of all Belgians...


Mahon has been cited as a major influence by a number of Irish poets, including Seamus Heaney, Eavan Boland, and Eamon Grennan. Seamus Heaney Seamus Heaney (born April 13, 1939) is an Irish poet, writer and lecturer from County Derry, Northern Ireland. ... Eavan Boland (born 1944) is an Irish poet and essayist. ... Eamon Grennan (born 1941) is an Irish poet. ...



  • Night-Crossing. Oxford University Press, 1968
  • Lives. OUP,1972.
  • The Snow Party. OUP, 1975.
  • Poems 1962-1978. OUP, 1979.
  • Courtyards in Delft. OUP, 1981.
  • The Hunt By Night. OUP, 1982.
  • Antarctica Gallery Press, 1985.
  • Selected Poems. Gallery Press, 1990.
  • Selected Poems. Viking, 1991.
  • The Yaddo Letter. Gallery Press, 1992.
  • The Hudson Letter. Gallery Press, 1995.
  • The Yellow Book. Gallery Press, 1997.
  • Collected Poems. Gallery Press, 1999.
  • Selected Poems. Penguin, 2001.
  • Harbour Lights. Gallery Press, 2005.


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  • Journalism: selected prose, 1970-1995. Ed. Terence Brown. Gallery Press, 1996.


  • This is Poetry 2008

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  • "Achill" from poets.org.
  • "A Disused Shed in Co. Wexford" from The Poem.
  • "Painting into Poetry: The Case of Derek Mahon" by Rajeev S. Patke.

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A sense of place | By genre | Guardian Unlimited Books (1406 words)
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Mahon was born and raised in the Protestant inner suburbs of Belfast - "real Brian Moore territory" - where he attended the local primary school and then the Royal Belfast Academical Institution.
Derek Mahon - Irish Poet - Ireland Literature Guide (1284 words)
Derek Mahon was born in Belfast, North Ireland, in 1941.
Derek Mahon was born in Belfast in 1941.
Derek Mahon was born in Belfast in 1941, studied at Trinity College, Dublin and the Sorbonne, and has held academic and journalistic appointments in Dublin, London and New York.
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