Patrick Kavanagh
County Monaghan
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On Raglan Road

Rating: 3.7
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 that's known
To the artists who have known the true gods of sound and stone
And word and tint. I did not stint for I gave her poems to say.
With her own name there and her own dark hair like clouds over fields of May

On a quiet street where old ghosts meet I see her walking now
Away from me so hurriedly my reason must allow
That I had wooed not as I should a creature made of clay -
When the angel woos the clay he'd lose his wings at the dawn of day.
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This beautiful poem I think relates to love and happiness likes
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Myra Mooney 02 June 2018
This poem should be read by a male voice which would express feeling & meaning to the poem.
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alison 07 April 2021
listen to Mark Knoeffler sing it. on youtube. The poetry in the song is exquisite.
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Myra Mooney 02 June 2018
Surely Kavanagh's poetry deserves a more appropriate voice with, at least, SOME feeling for the meaning of his poetry. Terrible. voice dropping the last word on each line.
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elvira 14 August 2018
Good heavens, she reads it like robot!
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Frank withrow 26 April 2018
Nice beautiful words and rhythm
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Unwritten Soul 15 August 2017
Touching, beautiful and it really a great work...i feel emotion breathing in each line.. Wonderful poem!
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