Patrick Kavanagh

(1904 - 1967 / County Monaghan)

Patrick Kavanagh Poems

1. A Christmas Childhood 12/15/2014
2. A Star 4/5/2010
3. Advent 1/13/2003
4. April Dusk 4/5/2010
5. Canal Bank Walk 1/13/2003
6. Epic 1/3/2003
7. Gospel 4/5/2010
8. Having To Live In The Country 1/3/2003
9. In Memory Of My Mother 1/3/2003
10. Inniskeen Road: July Evening 1/3/2003
11. Innocence 1/3/2003
12. Kerr's Ass 4/5/2010
13. March 4/5/2010
14. Memory Of My Father 1/3/2003
15. My Father Played The Melodeon 3/3/2015
16. On An Apple-Ripe September Morning 1/3/2003
17. On Raglan Road 1/3/2003
18. Peace 1/13/2003
19. Primrose 1/13/2003
20. Shancoduff 1/3/2003
21. Stony Grey Soil 1/3/2003
22. The Great Hunger 4/5/2010
23. To The Man After The Harrow 1/3/2003
24. Wet Evening In April 1/3/2003
Best Poem of Patrick Kavanagh

On Raglan Road

On Raglan Road on an autumn day I met her first and knew
That her dark hair would weave a snare that I might one day rue;
I saw the danger, yet I walked along the enchanted way,
And I said, let grief be a fallen leaf at the dawning of the day.

On Grafton Street in November we tripped lightly along the ledge
Of the deep ravine where can be seen the worth of passion's pledge,
The Queen of Hearts still making tarts and I not making hay -
O I loved too much and by such and such is happiness thrown away.

I gave her gifts of the mind I gave her the secret sign...

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I have lived in important places, times
When great events were decided, who owned
That half a rood of rock, a no-man's land
Surrounded by our pitchfork-armed claims.
I heard the Duffys shouting "Damn your soul!"
And old McCabe stripped to the waist, seen
Step the plot defying blue cast-steel -
"Here is the march along these iron stones."
That was the year of the Munich bother. Which

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