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.

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List of Poems

 

Location           Author              Title                                Reading

Alps

Fallon, Padraic

“The Young Fenians"

 

Alps

Goldsmith, Oliver

“The Alps” (from The Traveller)

 

Alps

Heaney, Seamus

“Oysters”

(Note: reference to Hannibal crossing the Alps)

Alps

MacGreevy, Thomas

“Nocturne of the Self-Evident Presence”

Alps

Muldoon, Paul

“Duffy’s Circus”

(Note: allusion to Hannibal crossing the Alps)

 

Alps

Wilde, Oscar

“Sonnet on Approaching Italy"

Altdorf

Muldoon, Paul

"Tell"

 

Basel

Rooney, Aidan

“Switzerland"  

Basel / Davos / Gotthard

Rooney, Padraig

“Here Come the Warm Earls"  

Basel / Zurich

Graecan, Robert

“Dream”

 

Belalp (Alp Lusgen)

Tyndall, John

“A Morning on Alp Lusgen"

 

Bernese Oberland

Ní Chonchúir, Nuala / O'Connor, Nuala

“White Cross Red"

 
Col de Balme / Simplom Henry, James “What I Saw Most Curious in All My Travels" (excerpt)  

Eiger

Kell, Richard

"A Winged Visitor"

 

Engelberg

Rooney, Aidan

“Skiing at Engelberg"
Geneva Devlin, Dennis “Anteroom: Geneva"  

Geneva

Hutchinson, Pearse

“Geneva”

 

Geneva McDonagh, Philip “Daniela”  
Geneva McDonagh, Philip

“Geneva, November 5th 1980”

 

 

Geneva / Zurich

Bardwell, Leland

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

 

Gotthard

Tighe, Mary

excerpt from Canto VI of Psyche

 

Jungfrau

Brooke, Stopford Augustus

“The Jungfrau’s Cry”

 

Jura mountains / Alps McDonagh, Philip “Transeuropean Express”  

Jura mountains / Lake Geneva

Moore, Thomas

“View of Lake Geneva from the Jura”

 

Jura mountains

Moore, Thomas

“When 'Midst the Gay I Meet"

 

Lake Geneva

Dawe, Gerald

"Delta"

Lake Geneva

Dawe, Gerald

"Lake Geneva"

Lausanne

Wheatley, David

“An Execration”

Lausanne

Halperin, Richard W.

“Concerning Divine Light”

Lake Lucerne

de Vere, Aubrey Thomas

“The Lake of Lucerne”

 

Lucerne Halperin, Richard W. "Lucerne"

Rhinefalls (Schaffhausen)

Sheehan, Patrick Augustine

“An Organ Recital (Lucerne)”

 

Maloja

Clifton, Harry

“Chalcedony"

 

Matterhorn

Kavanagh, Patrick

“Shancoduff”

 

Meiringen

Ní Chonchúir, Nuala / O'Connor, Nuala

“Talat”

 

Montreux Casement, Roger “Evening and Night: Montreux"  

Morat (Murten)

Davis, Thomas

“Oh! For a Steed”

 

Payerne

de Vere, Aubrey Thomas

“Queen Bertha at Her Vespers”

 

Payerne

de Vere, Aubrey Thomas

“Queen Bertha's Alms”

 

Payerne

de Vere, Aubrey Thomas

“Queen Bertha's Matin Song”

 

Payerne

de Vere, Aubrey Thomas

“Queen Bertha's Vigil”

 

Rhinefalls (Schaffhausen)

Sheehan, Patrick Augustine

“At the Rhinefalls (Schaffhausen)”

 

Sempach

Mangan, James Clarence

“A Highway for Freedom”

 

Simplon

Moore, Thomas

“Extract IV" (from "Rhymes on the Road")

 

Sisikon (Lake Lucerne)

de Vere, Aubrey Thomas

“The Chapel of Tell on the Lake of Lucerne”

St. Gallen

O’Siadhail, Micheal

“Early Irish Lyric”

 

St. Gallen

Anonymous

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

 

Stäuber Waterfall (Uri)

MacGreevy, Thomas

“Recessional”

Stockhorn

Brooke, Stopford Augustus

“The Stockhorn and the Valley”

 

Switzerland

Dawe, Gerald

“An Encounter”

 

Switzerland

de Vere, Aubrey

“To a Mountain in Switzerland”

 

Switzerland

Greacen, Robert

"Across the Rhine"

 

Switzerland

Moore, Thomas

“The Crystal Hunters (Swiss Air)”

 

Ticino

Shanahan, Charif

“Ticino”

 

Thusis

Anonymous

“There Was a Young Poet of Thusis"

 

Vevey

de Vere, Aubrey

“Written at Vevey, September 15, 1856”

 

Visp / Sion / Sierre

Godley, A. D.

“A War-Time Lament”

 

Zurich

Clifton, Harry

“A Spider Dance on the Bahnhofstrasse”

 

Zurich

Coyle-Greene, Enda

“Postcards"

 

Zurich

Greacen, Robert

"After the Funeral"

 

Zurich

Greacen, Robert

"Bankers' Sky"

 

Zurich

Greacen, Robert

"Captain Fox"

 

Zurich

Greacen, Robert

"The Reported Death of Captain Fox"

 

Zurich

Greacen, Robert

"Twentieth Century Captain Fox"

 

Zurich

Joyce, James

“Bahnhofstrasse”

Zurich

Joyce, James

“Goodbye, Zurich”

 

Zurich

Joyce, James

“New Tipperary”

 

Zurich Mahon, Derek “The Joycentenary Ode”  
Zurich McDonagh, Philip

“In Fluntern Cemetery”

 

Zurich

Norris, David

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

 

Interactive Map

 

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