“Devlin’s cosmopolitan intelligence and gracefulness assumes a readership with no mere national interest or boundary in mind.”
– Gerald Dawe, Poetry Review
Denis Devlin (1908–1959) was, along with Samuel Beckett and Brian Coffey, one of the generation of Irish modernist poets to emerge at the end of the 1920s. He was a seminarian for the Catholic priesthood, but left and later studied modern languages and literature. He spent many years in the Irish diplomatic service.