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.
A wonderful poem that is new to me, with rhymes intricately woven... a pleasure to read...
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This beautiful poem I think relates to love and happiness likes
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This poem should be read by a male voice which would express feeling & meaning to the poem.
listen to Mark Knoeffler sing it. on youtube. The poetry in the song is exquisite.
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.
Good heavens, she reads it like robot!
Nice beautiful words and rhythm
Touching, beautiful and it really a great work...i feel emotion breathing in each line.. Wonderful poem!
makes ones eyes wet. JP Cavanagh
Only an Irishman could have put into such beautiful words the emotions that we have all felt at some time in our lives.The Luke Kelly version was played at my cousins wake.Thank you Patrick Kavanagh.
This is what irish people is all about. A beautiful paradox. How is it possible that something so sad is translated into something so beautiful and something so beautiful has the chance to be sang by this hard voice with a lot of alcohol in it to create tears in many men, including me. I thank the irish for being irish.
And Sally G, Thank you for explaining the Creature made of clay. Is a lot more beautiful now.
You can Check outOn Raglan Road Meav''on Youtube, Meav sang it fabulously, she also sang a song called Glimmering Girl which takes Yeats’The Song of Wandeing Aengus as lyrics.
The real beauty of this piece is heard in the voice of Van Morrison and Loreena Mckinnett. Loreena's is the slightly more technically accurate, Van Morrison's the more passionate. They're both Celtic, of course.
Liz Mannion: Thank you
It was first published as a poem in The Irish Press on 3 October 1946 under the title Dark Haired Miriam Ran Away. Peter Kavanagh, Patrick's brother, said that it was written about Patrick's girlfriend Hilda but to avoid embarrassment he used the name of my girlfriend in the title.] Her real name was Dr. Hilda Moriarty who later married Donogh O'Malley, the Irish Minister for Health. Her son is the actor Daragh O'Malley
In 1987, Hilda Moriarty was interviewed by the Irish broadcaster RTÉ for a documentary about Kavanagh called Gentle Tiger. In the interview, she said one of the main reasons for the failure of their relationship was that there was a wide age gap between them. She was only 22, whereas he was 40. Dr. Moriarty also described how Raglan Road came to be written. Kavanagh had described himself as the peasant poet but she was not impressed and teased him for writing about mundane things such as vegetables. She said he should write about something else so he agreed to do so. According to Dr. Moriarty, he then went away and wrote Raglan Road.
Note: first published as a poem in The Irish Press on 3 October 1946 under the title 'Dark Haired Miriam Ran Away'. - - I love this song.
Aaron Hurley! - 'creature made of clay' means 'human' - It is not insulting. Clay is the stuff God made man outo f in the Bible. The word clay in this context has been used for centuries. Angels are not made of clay, but humans are 'but made of clay'. You might think of this has one placing an ideal of perfection up one whi is only human - I think everyone has had this experience at one time or another where we are let down by humans not angels. Hope that helps!
This is my favorite poem of all time. My favorite version of the song is by Woody Lissauer (Self Titled CD) , it is more of a soft rock version, with a captivating syncopated beat, it is one of my favorite songs of all time as well! Two other versions of this song I have heard that I like a lot are 1) by Carmina (On a Quiet Street, Live in Ireland): and even more so 2) by Fair Isle Folk (25 Most Requested Irish Ballads, Vol I) . I have heard Luke Kelly's version, and although I know it is much loved, I find his voice to be too harsh for this song which I think requires a more delicate handling, considering the lyrics convey such pain.
First time I heard this beautiful poem, it was being sung by one of my favorite artists, Jesse Ferguson. (Youtube him as BardofCornwall...he's amazing) . It got me thinking about the lyrics and as I read them my heart responded as only someone who has been through similar happenings could. It is also fitting that Mr. Kavanagh would be able to write such a heartfelt piece. This shows just how big of a heart he had.
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