Padraic Colum (8 December 1881 – 11 January 1972 / County Longford)
an Irish poet, novelist, dramatist, biographer, playwright, children's author and collector of folklore. He was one of the leading figures of the Celtic Revival.
Colum was born Patrick Collumb in a County Longford workhouse, where his father worked. He was the first of eight children born to Patrick and Susan Collumb. When the father lost his job in 1889, he moved to the United States to participate in the Colorado gold rush. Padraic and his mother and siblings remained in Ireland. When the father returned in 1892, the family moved to Glasthule, near Dublin, where his father was employed as Assistant Manager at Sandycove and Glasthule railway station. His son... more »
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- A Ballad Maker
- A Connachtman
- A Cradle Song
- A Drover
- A Mountaineer
- A Poor Scholar Of The 'Forties
- A Rann Of Exile
- A Saint
- A Seer
- Achill Girl's Song
- Across The Door
- An Drinaun Donn
- An Idyll
- An Old Song Re-sung
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''O farmer, strong farmer!Padraic Colum (1881-1972), Irish poet. A Drover (l. 13-16). . . Oxford Book of Modern Verse, The, 1892-1935. William Butler Yeats, ed. (1936) Oxfo...
You can spend at the fair,
But your face you must turn
To your crops and your care;''
''To Meath of the pastures,Padraic Colum (1881-1972), Irish poet. A Drover (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of Modern Verse, The, 1892-1935. William Butler Yeats, ed. (1936) Oxford...
From wet hills by the sea,
Through Leitrim and Longford,
Go my cattle and me.''
''Oh, to have a little house!Padraic Colum (1881-1972), Irish poet. An Old Woman of the Roads (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Co...
To own the hearth and stool and all!
The heaped-up sods upon the fire,
The pile of turf against the wall!''