Selected Poems | Patrick Kavanagh (Paperback)

Selected Poems | Patrick Kavanagh By Patrick Kavanagh, Paul Muldoon (Editor) Cover Image
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“All Kavanagh’s gifts are on display,” as Paul Muldoon writes in his introduction to this new selection of 40 poems spanning 30 years of Patrick Kavanagh’s career. In truth, these gifts were hard-won, from his earliest self-taught verses after leaving primary school at the age of 13, to his refusal of sanitized pastoral depictions of rural Ireland while living among Dublin’s literary elite, to his transcendent later poems written in the wake of an operation to remove one of his lungs after a cancer diagnosis. Throughout his life, Patrick Kavanagh would carve out a place for himself as one of Ireland’s most important poets with what Muldoon calls “the documentarian’s eye and ear for the everyday technical term.” Gathered here are among his best and best-known poems, beginning with some of his earliest publications in 1930 and continuing chronologically into the 1960s with essentials from his career, as well as highlights left unpublished during his lifetime. "The Great Hunger," often considered his major achievement, is presented as a centerpiece alongside "Lough Derg," a poem of nearly equal length and possibly equal, though unrecognized, importance. Paul Muldoon presents his selection with a characteristically deft introduction, weaving biographical details into new ways of looking at Kavanagh’s life and lasting legacy of finding “a star-lovely art / In a dark sod.”

About the Author

Patrick Kavanagh was born in Inniskeen, County Monaghan, in October 1904. His poetry collections include Ploughman and Other Poems (1936), A Soul for Sale (1947), and Come Dance with Kitty Stobling and Other Poems (1960). He also wrote the novel Tarry Flynn (1948) and an early autobiography, The Green Fool (1938). He died in Dublin in November 1967. Paul Muldoon was born in County Armagh in 1951. He now lives in New York. A former radio and television producer for the BBC in Belfast, he has taught at Princeton University for thirty years. He is the author of over a dozen previous collections of poetry, including Moy Sand and Gravel, for which he won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize; Selected Poems 1968–2014; and, recently, Frolic and Detour.

Praise For…

“A beacon of clarity and conciseness by which so many of the rest of us will continue to steer.” —Paul Muldoon, from the introduction

"Indispensable... a book that should jolt readers back to an awareness of this poet's place in the twentieth-century pantheon." —Seamus Heaney on Patrick Kavanagh's Collected Poems (2005)

Product Details
ISBN: 9781943667024
ISBN-10: 1943667020
Publisher: Wake Forest University Press
Publication Date: November 21st, 2022
Pages: 136
Language: English