By Mairead Ashe FitzGerald
Ireland's Easter 1916 emerging was once led by means of a mixture of squaddies and alternate unions but in addition visionaries and writers. This selection of poems includes the desires and visions of freedom and nationhood for eire through those artists, targeting ahead of, 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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Is é d’iarr mo stór orm ligean den ól, Nó nach mbeinnse beo ach seal beag gearr; Ach dúirt mé léi go dtug sí an bhréag, Is gurbh fhada mo shaolsa an deoch úd a fháil; An bhfaca sibh éan an phíopáin réidh A chuaigh in éag den tart ar ball? 42 Is a chomharsain chléibh, fliuchaidh bhur mbéal, Óir chan fhaigheann sibh braon i ndiaidh bhur mbáis! 43 THE YELLOW BITTERN (TRANSLATION OF AN BONNÁN BUÍ BY CATHAL BUÍ MAC GIOLLA GUNNA) The yellow bittern that never broke out In a drinking bout, might as well have drunk; His bones are thrown on a naked stone Where he lived alone like a hermit monk.
S response to the Easter Rising was one of admiration for the leaders and of hope for an independent and selfsufficient Ireland. He was unaware of the events in Dublin in Easter week 1916 as he was in County Clare visiting his friend, the genealogist Edward MacLysaght, and painting in the woods at Raheen. Much of Æ’s poetic work is mystical and idealistic, but his capacity to engage with the realities of life and his love for his country brought forth a clarity of thought which inspired his best work.
But his songs new souls shall thrill, The loud harps dumb, And his deed the echoes fill When the dawn is come. 40 AN BONNÁN BUÍ BY CATHAL BUÍ MAC GIOLLA GUNNA A bhonnáin bhuí, ’sé mo léan do luí Is do chnámha sínte tar éis do ghrinn, Ní easpa bídh ach díobháil dí A d’fhág ’do luí thú ar chúl do chinn. Is measa liom féin ná scrios na Traoí, Tú bheith gan bhrí ar leaca lom Is nach ndearna tú díth ná dolaidh san tír Is nárbh fhearr leat fíon ná uisce poill. A bhonnáin álainn, is é mo mhíle crá thú, Do chúl ar lár amuigh rómham sa tslí, Is gurbh iomaí lá a chluininn do ghrág Ar an láib is tú ag ól na dí.