By Mairead Ashe FitzGerald
Ireland's Easter 1916 emerging was once led via a mixture of squaddies and alternate unions but in addition visionaries and writers. This number of poems comprises the goals and visions of freedom and nationhood for eire via those artists, concentrating on ahead of, in the course of, and after the 1916 emerging. Poets comprise: 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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He founded Irish literary societies in London and Dublin. He lectured frequently on art and culture and their connection with nationalism. He encouraged younger poets: his advice to Thomas MacDonagh was to read and translate from the Irish in order to experience the Irish mode of expression. He recognised the genius of John Millington Synge and sent him to the Aran Islands in order to learn the dialect and speech of the people. The idea of a national theatre became a reality through Yeats’s friendship with Lady Gregory, and his passion for drama became realised through his own plays, among them The Countess Cathleen and On Baile’s Strand.
Rome triumphs. He left his friends to the fight, And their victory passed away, And he like a star that flames and falls in the night. But after another year they came to him again, And said—Lead us forth again. Come with us again. But still he answered them—You strive against fate in vain. They said—Our race is old. We would not have it pass. Ere Rome began we are, a gentle people of old, Unsavage when all were wild. And he—How Egypt was old in the days that were old, Yet is passed, and we pass.
The lawyers have sat in council, the men with the keen, long faces, And said, ‘This man is a fool,’ and others have said, ‘He blasphemeth’; And the wise have pitied the fool that hath striven to give a life In the world of time and space among the bulks of actual things, To a dream that was dreamed in the heart, and that only the heart could hold. O wise men, riddle me this: what if the dream come true? What if the dream come true? and if millions unborn shall dwell In the house that I shaped in my heart, the noble house of my thought?
A Terrible Beauty: Poetry of 1916 by Mairead Ashe FitzGerald