Francis Ledwidge

(19 August 1887 – 31 July 1917 / Janeville, Slane)

Francis Ledwidge Poems

1. A Fairy Hunt 4/16/2010
2. A Little Boy In The Morning 1/3/2003
3. A Mother's Song 4/16/2010
4. A Rainy Day In April 1/3/2003
5. A Soldier's Grave 4/16/2010
6. Aarstiderne 8/2/2012
7. After Court Martial 4/16/2010
8. Ardan Mór 4/16/2010
9. At A Poet's Grave 4/16/2010
10. At Currabwee 4/16/2010
11. Autumn 4/16/2010
12. Behind The Closed Eye 1/3/2003
13. Ceol Sidhe 4/16/2010
14. Dawn 4/16/2010
15. Fairies 4/16/2010
16. Had I A Golden Pound (After The Irish) 4/16/2010
17. In A Cafe 4/16/2010
18. In France 4/16/2010
19. Ireland 4/16/2010
20. June 3/27/2012
21. Lady Fair 4/16/2010
22. Lament For The Poets: 1916 1/3/2003
23. Lament For Thomas Mcdonagh 1/3/2003
24. My Mother 1/3/2003
25. Old Clo 4/16/2010
26. Pan 4/16/2010
27. Soliloquy 1/3/2003
28. Spring 4/16/2010
29. Spring And Autumn 1/3/2003
30. Spring Love 4/16/2010
31. The Call To Ireland 5/11/2012
32. The Dead Kings 4/16/2010
33. The Find 4/16/2010
34. The Lanawn Shee 4/16/2010
35. The Little Children 4/16/2010
36. The Lost Ones 1/3/2003
37. The Rushes 4/16/2010
38. The Shadow People 1/3/2003
39. The Sylph 4/16/2010
40. The Wife Of Llew 1/3/2003

Comments about Francis Ledwidge

  • Caitlin (10/12/2018 6:55:00 AM)

    I think that Francis Ledwidge was very interesting and i think that he had a hard childhood. His poems are very passionate.

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  • Thomas (5/3/2018 7:54:00 AM)

    Last week, I visited his monument in Belgium. It gave me goosebumps. Than I went home and had with my wife while she was drinking Nesquick chocolate milk. But after all he ain't too bad. Some poems are pretty and others are gruell. Next week I go to London, to go to the hookers. because my wife doens't give good succ.

  • Amy Elliott (2/4/2018 6:39:00 AM)

    Good poet
    I'm currently learning about him

  • Dave Keech (12/15/2017 7:16:00 AM)

    Brilliant poet and true Irish patriot.

    R.I.P Francis

  • Alan Matthews (8/17/2017 11:26:00 AM)

    Francis Ledwidge's submissions to the Drogheda Independent were, at the time, also being printed submission by submission in staves with the intention of publishing a book when the series ended. The series ended abruptly and the staves were put in to storage and ended up being dumped in 1976. One of the staves was saved and the book has finally been published in 2017 entitled Legends and Stories of the Boyne Side by Francis E. Ledwidge. available at more information is also available on facebook at thelostledwidge

  • Charles Zult (3/1/2016 12:18:00 AM)


Best Poem of Francis Ledwidge


When I was young I had a care
Lest I should cheat me of my share
Of that which makes it sweet to strive
For life, and dying still survive,
A name in sunshine written higher
Than lark or poet dare aspire.

But I grew weary doing well.
Besides, 'twas sweeter in that hell,
Down with the loud banditti people
Who robbed the orchards, climbed the steeple
For jackdaws' eyes and made the cock
Crow ere 'twas daylight on the clock.
I was so very bad the neighbours
Spoke of me at their daily labours.

And now I'm drinking wine in France,
The helpless ...

Read the full of Soliloquy

The Shadow People

Old lame Bridget doesn't hear
Fairy music in the grass
When the gloaming's on the mere
And the shadow people pass:
Never hears their slow grey feet
Coming from the village street
Just beyond the parson's wall,
Where the clover globes are sweet
And the mushroom's parasol

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