Thomas Kinsella stands apart in modern Irish poetry.
His work, employing traditional and modernist elements in individual poems and open sequences, deals in a range of subjects from the most intense and psychic privacy to political satire and social commentary, from love and the enabling feminine to metaphysical speculation in a variety of earthly settings.
Kinsella is a city poet. Born in Dublin in 1928, he attended University College, and entered the Irish Civil Service, but resigned from the Department of Finance in 1965 for a career in poetry in the United States.
He published from the beginning with the Dolmen Press, later co-publishing his poetry and translations with Oxford University Press.
His translations from the Irish include the Iron-Age prose epic "The Tain" and "Poems of the Dispossessed: 1600-1900".
He is editor of the "New Oxford Book of Irish Verse".