A Terrible Beauty: Poetry of 1916 by Mairead Ashe FitzGerald

By Mairead Ashe FitzGerald

Ireland's Easter 1916 emerging used to be led by means of a mixture of squaddies and alternate unions but in addition visionaries and writers. This selection of poems comprises the desires and visions of freedom and nationhood for eire through those artists, targeting prior to, in the course of, and after the 1916 emerging. Poets comprise: Padraic Pearse, W.B. Yeats, Joseph Mary Plunkett, James Stephens, Eva Gore-Booth, George Russell, Padraic Colum, Sean O'Casey, Dora Sigerson Shorter, Thomas Ashe, Katharine Tynan, and plenty of extra.

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I have passed with a nod of the head Or polite meaningless words, Or have lingered awhile and said Polite meaningless words, And thought before I had done Of a mocking tale or a gibe To please a companion Around the fire at the club, Being certain that they and I But lived where motley is worn: All changed, changed utterly: A terrible beauty is born. That woman’s days were spent In ignorant good-will, Her nights in argument Until her voice grew shrill. What voice more sweet than hers When, young and beautiful, She rode to harriers?

The young Plunkett had a difficult childhood, plagued by tuberculosis and constant illness, as a result of which his schooling was erratic. He was a voracious reader and the two years (1906–1908) that he spent at the Jesuit College at Stonyhurst in Lancashire, England, gave him the ideal opportunity to study philosophy, mysticism, Egyptian archaeology as well as scientific subjects. It was clear from an early age that writing came easily to Plunkett; poetry, letters and diaries flowed from his pen.

But his songs new souls shall thrill, The loud harps dumb, And his deed the echoes fill When the dawn is come. AN BONNÁN BUÍ BY CATHAL BUÍ MAC GIOLLA GUNNA A bhonnáin bhuí, ’sé mo léan do luí Is do chnámha sínte tar éis do ghrinn, Ní easpa bídh ach díobháil dí A d’fhág ’do luí thú ar chúl do chinn. Is measa liom féin ná scrios na Traoí, Tú bheith gan bhrí ar leaca lom Is nach ndearna tú díth ná dolaidh san tír Is nárbh fhearr leat fíon ná uisce poill. A bhonnáin álainn, is é mo mhíle crá thú, Do chúl ar lár amuigh rómham sa tslí, Is gurbh iomaí lá a chluininn do ghrág Ar an láib is tú ag ól na dí.

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