John Montague

(28 February 1929-- / New York, New York)

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John Montague is an Irish poet. He was born in New York and brought up in Tyrone. He has published a number of volumes of poetry, two collections of short stories and two volumes of memoir. He is one of the best known Irish contemporary poets. In 1998 he became the first occupant of the Ireland Chair of Poetry.

Early Life

John Montague was born in Brooklyn, New York, on February 28, 1929. His father, James Montague, an Ulster Catholic, from County Tyrone, had gone to America in 1925 to join his brother John. Both were sons of John Montague, who had been a Justice of the Peace, combining his legal duties with being a schoolmaster, farmer, postmaster and director ... more »

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  • ''All legendary obstacles lay between
    Us, the long imaginary plain,
    The monstrous ruck of mountains''
    John Montague (b. 1929), U.S.-Irish poet. All Legendary Obstacles (l. 1-3). . . Contemporary Irish Poetry; an Anthology. Anthony Bradley, ed. (New...
  • You had been travelling for days
    With an old lady, who marked
    A neat circle on the glass
    With her glove, to watch us
    Move into the wet darkness
    Kissing, still unable...
    John Montague (b. 1929), U.S.-Irish poet. All Legendary Obstacles (l. 19-24). . . Contemporary Irish Poetry; an Anthology. Anthony Bradley, ed. (N...
  • ''And still
    the dog rose shines in the hedge.''
    John Montague (b. 1929), U.S.-Irish poet. The Wild Dog Rose (l. 81-82). . . Contemporary Irish Poetry; an Anthology. Anthony Bradley, ed. (New and...
  • ''The only true madness is loneliness,
    the monotonous voice in the skull
    that never stops
    because never heard.''
    John Montague (b. 1929), U.S.-Irish poet. The Wild Dog Rose (l. 45-48). . . Contemporary Irish Poetry; an Anthology. Anthony Bradley, ed. (New and...
  • ''its crumbled yellow cup
    and pale bleeding lips
    fading to white
    at the rim
    of each bruised and heart-
    shaped petal.''
    John Montague (b. 1929), U.S.-Irish poet. The Wild Dog Rose (l. 99-104). . . Contemporary Irish Poetry; an Anthology. Anthony Bradley, ed. (New an...
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