Patrick Kavanagh

(1904 - 1967 / County Monaghan)

Epic - Poem by Patrick Kavanagh

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
Was more important? I inclined
To lose my faith in Ballyrush and Gortin
Till Homer's ghost came whispering to my mind.
He said: I made the Iliad from such
A local row. Gods make their own importance.


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  • (12/18/2018 10:29:00 AM)

    byeeei, luiki schooli (Report)Reply

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  • Glen Kappy (9/7/2018 7:21:00 AM)

    An interesting sonnet with an interesting point—who decides what’s really important? A good reminder of the finite or myopic view we humans have of history and of everything. -GK (Report)Reply

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  • Baquee Billah Ahmed (9/7/2018 5:55:00 AM)

    nice poem.................... (Report)Reply

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  • Adrian Flett (9/7/2018 4:06:00 AM)

    Epics come from mundane happenings, 'I made the Iliad from such' (Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances Chan (9/7/2018 1:50:00 AM)

    Absolutely an Epic Poem after
    Till Homer's ghost came whispering to my mind.....PK´s mind. WOW! True epic when Homer appears in one´s mind, hete the poet´s mind. Tremendously epically told. Thank you for sharing. A myriad of 10´s for this Classic Poem Of The Day. Congratulations to the great family of PK in the USA as well as in Dublin. GBU All. Amen
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  • Ramesh T A (9/7/2018 12:29:00 AM)

    Indeed as the poet says from the trivial things of life great truths are expressed by Epics by Homer and so on! (Report)Reply

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  • (11/12/2013 1:17:00 PM)

    qu ni ma ge bi gan ma bu gei wo jin qu a (Report)Reply

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  • (12/30/2009 8:09:00 AM)

    Indeed 'Gods do make their own importance'. This poem perfectly capures the microcosim whitin the macrocosim. After all we are all our own gods.
    I knew the Duffy's. They damned my soul too.
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  • (2/8/2009 4:48:00 AM)

    Yes, 'the Munich bother' indicates the farmers' attitude to world- shaking affairs compared to their own! But the poet's snap judgement is then tempered by his knowledge of the classics; these men can also be viewed as local gods, who 'make their own judgement.'

    Mutual forgiveness of each vice
    Such are the gates of paradise
    (William Blake)

    A fine poem that is also an exercise in tolerance.
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    Mohammed Asim Nehal(9/7/2018 6:47:00 AM)

    I agree with what you say....

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  • (12/28/2008 8:33:00 AM)

    this poem was written by P K. to explain how important it was to the people esp from a country area in old ireland, the importance of that small bit of land, and the row that mite take place between two neighbours over it. there might be a war going on in europe or whereever but the row over the small plot of land in monaghan had more significance than world war 2 to the people in that country area (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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