Switzerland in Irish Poetry

Since September 2020, the SCIS-ZJJF has been collecting Irish poems about (parts of) Switzerland. Below, you can find a list of all the poems (with links to video readings, where available) - as well as an interactive map.

Everyone is invited to participate in this project.

Please contact us at scis-zjjf@es.uzh.chif:

  • you know a poem that's not on the list (see below);
  • you'd like to do a recording of any of the poems.

The project is sponsored by the Embassy of Ireland, Switzerland.

List of Poems

  • Where no clear location is specified, poems are listed under "Switzerland."
  • Poems that reference two more more places are listed more than once.
Location           Author              Title                                Year Reading
Alps Fallon, Padraic

“The Young Fenians"

1974  
Alps Goldsmith, Oliver

“The Alps” (from The Traveller)

1764

 

Alps Heaney, Seamus

“Oysters”

(Note: reference to Hannibal crossing the Alps)

1977

Alps MacGreevy Thomas

“Nocturne of the Self-Evident Presence”

1926
Alps Muldoon, Paul

“Duffy’s Circus”

(Note: allusion to Hannibal crossing the Alps)

1977

 

Alps Wilde, Oscar

“Sonnet on Approaching Italy"

1881
Alps / Locarno de Vere, Aubrey Thomas “Ode on the Ascent of the Alps" 1843  
Altdorf Davis, Thomas Osborne "William Tell and the Genius of Switzerland" 1845 or earlier  

Altdorf

Muldoon, Paul

“Tell” 2002

Basel

Rooney, Aidan

“Switzerland" 2020  

Basel / Davos / Gotthard

Rooney, Padraig

“Here Come the Warm Earls" 2010  

Basel / Zurich

Greacen, Robert

“Dream”

1979

 

Belalp (Alp Lusgen)

Tyndall, John

“A Morning on Alp Lusgen"

1881  
Berne Quillinan, Edward

“Berne"

1853  
Berne Quillinan, Edward

“Society: Berne"

1853  
Bernese Oberland Ní Chonchúir, Nuala / O'Connor, Nuala

“White Cross Red"

2017  
Clarens Daley, Victor J. "Exit Paul Kruger" 1904  
Col de Balme / Simplon Henry, James “What I Saw Most Curious in All My Travels" (excerpt) 1853  
Chillon (Château de Chillon) Maginn, William “Lord Byron's Combolio" 1821  
Eiger Kell, Richard

"A Winged Visitor"

2003  
Einsiedeln Quillinan, Edward “The Legend of Saint Meinrad” 1853  
Emmental Carson, Ciaran "Aquila Non Capit Muscas" 1996  
Engelberg Rooney, Aidan “Skiing at Engelberg" 2020
Etzel Quillinan, Edward “The Legend of Saint Meinrad” 1853  
Geneva Devlin, Denis “Anteroom: Geneva" 1946  
Geneva Devlin, Denis “Geneva" 1967  
Geneva Hutchinson, Pearse

“Geneva”

1972

 

Geneva McDonagh, Philip “Daniela” 2003  
Geneva McDonagh, Philip

“Geneva, November 5th 1980”

 

1980  
Geneva Moore, Thomas "Fate of Geneva in the Year 1782: A Fragment" 1841  

Geneva / Zurich

Bardwell, Leland

“Far Roamed Leto In Travail to See If Any Land Would Be A Dwelling for Her Children”

1970

 

Gotthard O'Keefe, Adelaide "The Swiss Soldier" 1818  

Gotthard

Tighe, Mary

excerpt from Canto VI of Psyche

1805

 

Great Saint Bernard Pass O'Keefe, Adelaide "The Swiss Soldier" 1818  

Jungfrau

Brooke, Stopford Augustus

“The Jungfrau’s Cry”

1888

 

Jura mountains / Alps McDonagh, Philip “Transeuropean Express” 2003  

Jura mountains / Lake Geneva

Moore, Thomas

“View of Lake Geneva from the Jura”

1823

 

Jura mountains

Moore, Thomas

“When 'Midst the Gay I Meet"

1823  
Jura mountains O'Keefe, Adelaide "The Swiss Soldier" 1818  
Küsnacht ZH Greacen, Robert "Dreams, Nightmares" 1990  
Küssnacht SZ Clericus (pseudonym of Charles Patrick Meehan) "The Patriot's Wife" 1843  
Lake Geneva Callanan, J. J. "Rousseau's Dream" 1849  

Lake Geneva

Dawe, Gerald

"Delta"

2003

Lake Geneva

Dawe, Gerald

"Lake Geneva"

2003
Lake Geneva Maginn, William "Oh! Mortal Man, How Varied Is Thy Lot" 1821  
Lake Lauerz Quillinan, Edward "The Lake of Lauwertz" 1853  
Lake Lucerne Anster, John "Home" 1814  

Lake Lucerne

de Vere, Aubrey Thomas

“The Lake of Lucerne”

1843  
Laufen-Uhwiesen Greacen, Robert

“Carl"

1990  
Laufenburg Quillinan, Edward

“Near Lauffenberg"

1853  
Lausanne Quillinan, Edward

“Lausanne"

1853  

Lausanne

Halperin, Richard W.

“Concerning Divine Light”

2010

Lausanne

Wheatley, David

“An Execration”

2014
Linth Moore, Thomas “To the Marchioness Dowager of Donegall” 1804  
Locarno Paulin, Tom "Locarno One" 2002  
Lucerne Halperin, Richard W. "Lucerne" 2013
Lucerne O'Keefe, Adelaide "The Swiss Soldier" 1818  

Lucerne

Sheehan, Patrick Augustine

“An Organ Recital (Lucerne)”

1900  

Maloja

Clifton, Harry

“Chalcedony" 1996

 

Matterhorn

Kavanagh, Patrick

“Shancoduff”

1930 (c.)  

Matterhorn

Carson, Ciaran

“All the Better to See You With”

1988

 

Meiringen

Ní Chonchúir, Nuala / O'Connor, Nuala

“Talat” 2003

 

Montreux Casement, Roger “Evening and Night: Montreux" 1892  

Montreux

Durcan, Paul

"A Cold Wind Blew in from Lake Geneva"

1993  

Morat (Murten)

Davis, Thomas Osborne

“Oh! For a Steed”

1845  

Payerne

de Vere, Aubrey Thomas

“Queen Bertha at Her Vespers”

1842

 

Payerne

de Vere, Aubrey Thomas

“Queen Bertha's Alms”

1842  

Payerne

de Vere, Aubrey Thomas

“Queen Bertha's Matin Song”

1842  

Payerne

de Vere, Aubrey Thomas

“Queen Bertha's Vigil”

1842  
Rhine O'Keefe, Adelaide "The Swiss Soldier" 1818  

Rhinefalls (Schaffhausen)

Sheehan, Patrick Augustine

“At the Rhinefalls (Schaffhausen)”

1900

 

Richterswil Quillinan, Edward “The Legend of Saint Meinrad” 1853  
Schaffhausen Quillinan, Edward "Near Schaffhausen: Her Favourite Flowers" 1853  
Schwyz Quillinan, Edward "Schwytz" 1853  

Sempach

Mangan, James Clarence

“A Highway for Freedom”

1849 or earlier  
Sils im Engadin (a.k.a. Sils Maria) Gore-Booth, Eva "Gentians" 1925  
Simplon Moore, Thomas "Extract IV" (from "Rhymes on the Road") 1823  

Sisikon (Lake Lucerne)

de Vere, Aubrey Thomas

“The Chapel of Tell on the Lake of Lucerne”

1855

St. Gallen

O’Siadhail, Micheal

“Early Irish Lyric” 1983

 

St. Gallen

Anonymous

“Dom-farcai Fidbaidæ Fál” (translated as “Writing Out of Doors” and “The Scribe in the Woods”)

851

 

Stäuber Waterfall (Uri)

MacGreevy, Thomas

“Recessional”

1925
Schindellegi Quillinan, Edward “The Legend of Saint Meinrad” 1853  

Stockhorn

Brooke, Stopford Augustus

“The Stockhorn and the Valley”

1888

 

Switzerland

Dawe, Gerald

“An Encounter”

2002

 

Switzerland

de Vere, Aubrey

“To a Mountain in Switzerland”

1855

 

Switzerland

Greacen, Robert

"Across the Rhine"

2000  
Switzerland Hamilton, Eliza Mary "Julie de M—" 1827  
Switzerland Hickey, Emily Henrietta "In a Swiss Wood" 1896  

Switzerland

Moore, Thomas

“The Crystal Hunters (Swiss Air)”

1823

 

Ticino

Shanahan, Charif

“Ticino”

2017

 

Thusis

Anonymous

“There Was a Young Poet of Thusis"

1925 or earlier  

Vevey / Chillon (Château de Chillon) / Clarens

de Vere, Aubrey

“Written at Vevey, September 15, 1856”

1856

 

Visp / Sion / Sierre

Godley, A. D.

“A War-Time Lament”

1917  
Walensee Quillinan, Edward “The Legend of Saint Meinrad” 1853  

Zurich

Clifton, Harry

“A Spider Dance on the Bahnhofstrasse”

1995

 

Zurich

Coyle-Greene, Enda

“Postcards" 2007

 

Zurich

Greacen, Robert

"After the Funeral"

1975  

Zurich

Greacen, Robert

"Bankers' Sky"

1979  

Zurich

Greacen, Robert

"Captain Fox"

1975

 

Zurich

Greacen, Robert

"The Reported Death of Captain Fox"

1975  

Zurich

Greacen, Robert

"Twentieth Century Captain Fox"

2000  

Zurich

Joyce, James

“Bahnhofstrasse”

1918

Zurich

Joyce, James

“Goodbye, Zurich” 1934

 

Zurich

Joyce, James

“New Tipperary” 1918

 

Zurich Kelly, John "Fluntern Cemetery, Zurich" 1991  
Zurich O'Keefe, Adelaide "The Swiss Soldier" 1818  
Zurich Mahon, Derek “The Joycentenary Ode” 1983  
Zurich McDonagh, Philip

“In Fluntern Cemetery”

 

2003

Zurich

Norris, David

“Joyce in Zurich ‘78” (alternative title: “Joycean Zurich ‘78”)

2001

 

Zurich Quillinan, Edward “The Legend of Saint Meinrad” 1853  

Interactive Map

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