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St. Patrick's Day Poems

Poems for when everyone is Irish for one day.

Whether you’re homesick for your bonny isle or you’re simply joining in the festivities, here are some poems to help you mark St. Patrick’s Day. Transport yourself to the homeland with a classic by Yeats, or read contemporary Irish renditions by Eavan Boland and Conor O’Callaghan. If you’re celebrating with libations, you might sip from Yeats’s “Drinking Song” or partake in Hayden Carruth’s “Scrambled Eggs & Whiskey.” But don’t forget to come back in the morning for your penance, when “Sober Song” might help dry you out.