A Terrible Beauty: Poetry of 1916 by Mairead Ashe FitzGerald

By Mairead Ashe FitzGerald

Ireland's Easter 1916 emerging used to be led by way of a mixture of infantrymen and alternate unions but in addition visionaries and writers. This choice of poems includes the desires and visions of freedom and nationhood for eire through those artists, concentrating on sooner than, in the course of, and after the 1916 emerging. Poets contain: Padraic Pearse, W.B. Yeats, Joseph Mary Plunkett, James Stephens, Eva Gore-Booth, George Russell, Padraic Colum, Sean O'Casey, Dora Sigerson Shorter, Thomas Ashe, Katharine Tynan, and lots of extra.

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And then you called to us from far and near To bring your crown from out the deeps of time. It is my grief your voice I couldn’t hear In such a distant clime. TO MRS JOSEPH PLUNKETT You shall not lack our little praise If such can win your fair renown. The halcyon of your lost days We shall replace with living crown. We see you not as one of us Who so lament each little thing. You profit more by honest loss, Who lost so much, than song can sing. This you have lost, a heart which bore An ideal love, an ideal shame, And earned this thing, for evermore A noble and a splendid name.

He is remembered also at The Island of Ireland Peace Park at Messines in Belgium, with lines from his poem ‘Soliloquy’ inscribed on a plaque. It is too late now to retrieve A fallen dream, too late to grieve A name unmade, but not too late To thank the gods for what is great; A keen-edged sword, a soldier’s heart, Is greater than a poet’s art. And greater than a poet’s fame A little grave that has no name, Whence honour turns away in shame. The home of Francis Ledwidge in Janeville, near Slane, County Meath, is a museum to his memory.

He was a founder-member of the Irish Volunteers in 1913 and was a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB). The public platform suited Pearse; he had a growing reputation for eloquence and leadership. He was chosen by Thomas Clarke to give what was an electrifying and oft-quoted oration over the grave of the old Fenian Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa in Glasnevin Cemetery in August 1915: They think that they have pacified Ireland. They think that they have pacified half of us and intimidated the other half.

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