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"A sense of loss pervades much of Patrick Kavanagh's poetry" - Discuss

Kavanagh is very adept at reflecting the common, everyday occurrences in the rural area of Monaghan in which he grew up.  He writes in a direct way about his own experience with the land.  804 more words

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"Patrick Kavanagh is a very Religious Poet" - Discuss

There is a major religious element to Kavanagh’s poetry.  Kavanagh is clearly deeply influenced by his early Catholic upbringing and all that this entails.  He finds inspiration in the liturgical seasons such as Advent.   935 more words

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"Patrick Kavanagh's Poetry is full of Honesty, Integrity and Simplicity" - Discuss

An important element in Kavanagh’s poetry is his obvious honesty, integrity and simplicity.  According to Kavanagh, simplicity is the ability to be content and satisfied with oneself no matter how ridiculous or silly or commonplace one may appear to others.   771 more words

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"Patrick Kavanagh is a poet of the Ordinary" - Discuss

Kavanagh writes about the ordinary world around him; about a world of ‘whins’ and ‘bogholes’ and ‘cart-tracks’ and ‘old stables’. He has learnt anew to look at the ordinary in an extraordinary way.   1,025 more words

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2016: A Year in Books

Around this time last year, I signed up for the Goodreads Reading Challenge 2016. I read quite a lot, but I’ve never quantified how many books I would get through in a year, so I decided to set myself a target of one book a week, or fifty-two for the year. 447 more words


A Pleasant Way: On Wilde's "The Doer of Good"

Note: This month I’m juggling travel and assignments, so this blog might be looking a little neglected. To make up for it, here’s a short piece I wrote on Wilde’s prose-poem “The Doer of Good”. 510 more words


Goldfinch in the Snow

One early November evening members of UCC walked through the liminality of twilight towards the Creative Zone of the Boole library to hear some readings.  As darkness fell beyond the windows we heard  966 more words