Richard Murphy


Richard Murphy Poems

1. FROM THE BATTLE OF AUGHRIM 10/31/2018
2. MANGOES 10/31/2018
3. MOONSHINE 10/31/2018
4. NEWGRANGE 10/31/2018
5. SAILING TO AN ISLAND 10/31/2018
6. SEALS AT HIGH ISLAND 10/31/2018
7. THE READING LESSON 10/31/2018
8. Seals At High Island 1/20/2003

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  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (10/31/2018 7:24:00 AM)

    Richard Murphy (6 August 1927 – 30 January 2018) was an Anglo-Irish poet.
    (Wikipedia)
    born to an Anglo-Irish family at Milford House, near the Mayo-Galway border, in 1927. He spent much of his early childhood in Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, where his father served in the Colonial Service and was active as mayor of Colombo and Governor General of the Bahamas (in succession to the Duke of Windsor) .

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  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (10/31/2018 7:22:00 AM)

    He first received his education at the King's School, Canterbury and Wellington College. He won a scholarship to Magdalen College, Oxford, at 17, where he studied English under C.S. Lewis. He was later educated at the Sorbonne and between 1953 and 1954, he ran a school in Crete

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Seals At High Island

The calamity of seals begins with jaws.
Born in caverns that reverberate
With endless malice of the sea's tongue
Clacking on shingle, they learn to bark back
In fear and sadness and celebration.
The ocean's mouth opens forty feet wide
And closes on a morsel of their rock.

Swayed by the thrust and backfall of the tide,
A dappled grey bull and a brindled cow
Copulate in the green water of a cove.
I watch from a cliff-top, trying not to move.
Sometimes they sink and merge into black shoals;
Then rise for air, his muzzle on her neck,
Their winged feet ...

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