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Welcome to the T. S. Eliot Prize Winners’ Archive. The premier Prize in poetry, the T. S. Eliot Prize was inaugurated in 1993 and is awarded annually to the best new collection of poetry in English published in the UK…

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C. Day Lewis

B. 1904 D. 1972

5 poems available

The greatest lyric poet of the twentieth century. Charles Causley

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Patrick Kavanagh

B. 1905 D. 1967

I dabbled in verse and it became my life. - Patrick Kavanagh

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William Butler Yeats

B. 1865 D. 1939

8 poems available

For everything that's lovely is / But a brief, dreamy, kind delight. 'Never Give All the Heart', W. B. Yeats

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13 poems available

A keeper of the artistic estate, a custodian of griefs and wonders - Seamus Heaney

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Seamus Heaney

B. 1939 D. 2013

4 poems available

And here is love / like a tinsmith's scoop / sunk past its gleam / in the meal-bin - 'Mossbawn Sunlight', Seamus Heaney

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Louis MacNeice

B. 1907 D. 1963

1 poem available

The writer today should be not so much the mouthpiece of a community...as its conscience, its critical faculty, its generous instinct. - Louis MacNeice

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5 poems available

A writer is not interested in explaining reality; he's interested in capturing it. - Brendan Kennelly

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Punk with Dulcimer - Anna Crowe
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Westering Home - Bernard O’Donoghue
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A Candle for Dolly Duggan - Bernard O’Donoghue
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A Nun Takes the Veil - Bernard O’Donoghue
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