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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…


8 poems available

How perilous is it to choose / not to love the life we're shown? -- 'The Badgers,' Seamus Heaney


C. Day Lewis

B. 1904 D. 1972

5 poems available

The greatest lyric poet of the twentieth century. Charles Causley


4 poems available

Dense yet taut poems, grounded in an everyday enriched by an intelligent, idiosyncratic awareness -- Carrie Etter


2 poems available

Maurice Riordan's patient, contemplative poems of love and memory follow the example of Robert Frost in slowly releasing their reach and complexity while maintaining hailing distance of the proverbial - Sean O'Brien


Nick Laird

B. 1975

5 poems available

Through the sparseness and compression, Laird generates a haunting trove of subtle and enriching tonal orchestrations - Alan Gillis


Matthew Sweeney

B. 1952 D. 2018

6 poems available

The act of writing is a process of curiosity and discovery, with the unconscious mind leading, and everything focussing on finding the right concrete details. Matthew Sweeney


Form is a straitjacket in the way that a straitjacket was a straitjacket for Houdini. Paul Muldoon.


John Montague

B. 1929 D. 2016

5 poems available

some pure thing, / Some living source, half-imagined and half-real, / Pulses in the fictive water that I feel. - John Montague, 'The Water Carrier'


Patrick Kavanagh

B. 1905 D. 1967

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


Austin Clarke

B. 1896 D. 1974

Burn Ovid with the rest. Lovers will find/ A hedge-school for themselves and learn by heart/ All that the clergy banish from the mind,/ When hands are joined and head bows in the dark. - 'Penal Law' by Austin Clarke


13 poems available

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