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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  • Irishlittweets: doing a very difficult task. in practice, and in particular, for that week. you reacted to it but you'll be reciting patrick kavanagh, eavan boland, muldoon, quoof paul muldoon for 27 november the day grading so that you won't have a good evening.
  • Dbruadair: the national monument in cork city. built to commemorate nationalist dead in 1798, 1803, 1848 and 1867 rebellions. unveiled by fr. patrick kavanagh in 1906.
  • Mckelveyhouston: cni news magazine july 23 i+books, broadcasts, resources, and webinars short reflection by the archbishop of york songs of praise and english heritage poem for today - inniskeen road: july evening by patrick kavanagh [[]
  • Independent_ie: • des o’malley’s uncle donogh o’malley married hilda o’malley who was a renowned beauty. she inspired poet patrick kavanagh’s still famous poem and song, raglan road.
  • Paddyduffy: feels as good a place to share this: this week i'm thinking a lot about the patrick kavanagh line "every old man i see reminds me of my father". every serious news story and daft meme this week reminds me of dawn. so many things i'd have texted her about that i just...can't.
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Sonnet Lii: What? Dost Thou Mean
 by Michael Drayton

What? Dost thou mean to cheat me of my heart?
To take all mine and give me none again?
Or have thine eyes such magic or that art
That what they get they ever do retain?
Play not the tyrant, but take some remorse;
Rebate thy spleen, if but for pity's sake;
Or, cruel, if thou canst not, let us 'scourse,
And, for one piece of thine, my whole heart take.

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