Who is Patrick Kavanagh

Patrick Kavanagh (21 October 1904 – 30 November 1967) was an Irish poet and novelist. His best-known works include the novel Tarry Flynn, and the poems "On Raglan Road" and "The Great Hunger". He is known for his accounts of Irish life through reference to the everyday and commonplace.

Contents Life and workEarly life Patrick Kavanagh was born in rural Inniskeen, County Monaghan, in 1904, the fourth of ten children of James Kavanagh and Bridget Quinn. His grandfather was a schoolteacher called "Kevany", which a local priest changed to "Kavanagh" at his baptism. The grandfather had to leave the area following a...
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Patrick Kavanagh Poems

  • Canal Bank Walk
    Leafy-with-love banks and the green waters of the canal
    Pouring redemption for me, that I do
    The will of God, wallow in the habitual, the banal,
    Grow with nature again as before I grew. ...
  • My Father Played The Melodeon
    My father played the melodeon
    Outside at our gate,
    There were stars in the morning east
    And they danced to his music. ...
  • Gospel
    We are the children of light,
    Wise, not companioned
    By goats
    In a condemned graveyard. ...
  • On An Apple-ripe September Morning
    On an apple-ripe September morning
    Through the mist-chill fields I went
    With a pitch-fork on my shoulder
    Less for use than for devilment. ...
  • Advent
    We have tested and tasted too much, lover-
    Through a chink too wide there comes in no wonder.
    But here in the Advent-darkened room
    Where the dry black bread and the sugarless tea ...
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Life 8 World 7 Love 7 I Love You 7 Time 6 April Fools 6 Black 6 Mind 6 God 6 Child 6


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  • Neda: “i dabbled in words and it became my life.” patrick kavanagh
  • Mckelveyhouston: cni daily magazine october 18 irish history from plantation to partition - online lecture series +perspective - defection is a comment on cofe’s liberal drift by tim stanley +poem for today bluebells for love by patrick kavanagh [[]
  • Michael18911880: kennelly on kavanagh
  • Kteltowers: terry idolised seamus heaney, patrick kavanagh, paul muldoon. he loved rimbaud and dylan thomas. but if pressed on the greatest couplets ever penned he'd look you in the eye and recite: "i saw her from the corner when she turned and doubled back
  • Tomasjmurray: (from patrick kavanagh’s ’october’) “it is october over all my life and the light is staring as it caught me once in a plantation by the fox coverts. a man is ploughing the ground for winter wheat and my nineteen years weigh heavily on my feet.”
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D'un luxe miraculeux,
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Allonge l'illimité,
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