Michael Longley wins the Feltrinelli International Prize for Poetry

Irish poet Michael Longley has been awarded the €250,000 (£216,000) Feltrinelli International Prize for Poetry, awarded every five years by the Accademia dei Lincei in Rome. Longley will accept the prize at a ceremony on 11th November 2022. Previous winners include W H Auden, Eugenio Montale and John Ashbery. The Accademia dei Lincei said he had won for “the extraordinary relevance of his themes and their cultural implications, as well as the very high stylistic quality of his oeuvre”. It said: “Longley is an extraordinary poet of landscape, particularly of the Irish West, which he observes with the delicate and passionate attention of an ecologist, and a tragic singer of Ireland and its dramatic history. “But with his poetry he has also addressed the seduction, conquest, and fascination of love, as well as the shock of war in all ages, the tragedy of the Holocaust and of the gulags, and the themes of loss, grief and pity.”

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