Máire Mhac an tSaoi is one of the great poets of modern Irish. From her very first collection, Margadh na saoire (1956) her poetry has addressed many of life's most challenging topics and in particular the experience of women. This book gathers opinions from scholars on various aspects of Mhac an tSaoi's work. The literary heritage in her work is discussed in these essays; the maternal voice in her poetry, love and freedom, the external influences in her poems and other elements of her life and work.
Translated from the original Irish text: It's nearly 60 years since Máire Mhac an tSaoi first emerged as a wonderful new voice in Irish poetry. Louis de Paor has skilfully selected essays that question and celebrate Máire Mhac an tSaoi's work. The highlights of the book include an analysis by Seán Ó Tuama of her technical skill and Patricia Coughlan examines themes of separation and motherhood which are reflections of the poet's own life. This is an important book which will delight both scholars and anyone who enjoys Mhac an tSaoi's unique poetic voice.