By Mairead Ashe FitzGerald
Ireland's Easter 1916 emerging was once led through a mixture of squaddies and exchange unions but additionally visionaries and writers. This selection of poems includes the goals and visions of freedom and nationhood for eire via those artists, targeting 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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Until Body and spirit are apart The Everlasting works Its will. In that wild orchid that your feet In their next falling shall destroy, Minute and passionate and sweet The Mighty Master holds His joy. Though the crushed jewels droop and fade The Artist’s labours will not cease, And of the ruins shall be made Some yet more lovely masterpiece. Francis Ledwidge (1887–1917) Francis Ledwidge was a poet, a patriot and a soldier. Like many young Irishmen of his time, his life had all the poignancy of those who were born to die young far from home, in the slaughter of the Great War.
But I found no enemy, No man in a world of wrong, That Christ’s word of charity Did not render clean and strong— Who was I to judge my kind, Blindest groper of the blind? God to you may give the sight And the clear undoubting strength Wars to knit for single right, Freedom’s war to knit at length, And to win, through wrath and strife, To the sequel of my life. But for you, so small and young, Born on Saint Cecilia’s Day, I in more harmonious song Now for nearer joys should pray— Simpler joys: the natural growth Of your childhood and your youth, Courage, innocence, and truth: These for you, so small and young, In your hand and heart and tongue.
As part of the same mission, and by then very ill, he undertook another journey to New York to connect with John Devoy, a key figure in the Irish-American nationalist organisation, Clan na Gael. Plunkett was at the centre of the planning of the Easter Rising and succeeded, along with Pearse and Seán MacDermott, in convincing James Connolly to join with them. By Easter 1916 Plunkett was a dying man and came straight from his hospital bed to carry out his commitments to the Rising. He and Grace Gifford postponed their marriage, which was to have taken place on Easter Sunday.
A Terrible Beauty: Poetry of 1916 by Mairead Ashe FitzGerald