Patrick Kavanagh

(1904 - 1967 / County Monaghan)

Quotations

  • ''Leafy-with-love banks and the green waters of the canal
    Pouring redemption for me,''
    Patrick Kavanagh (1905-1969), Irish poet, novelist. Canal Bank Walk (l. 1-2). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds. (2d ed., 1988) W. W. Norton & Company.
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  • ''For this soul needs to be honoured''
    Patrick Kavanagh (1905-1969), Irish poet, novelist. Canal Bank Walk (l. 13). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds. (2d ed., 1988) W. W. Norton & Company.
  • ''O unworn world enrapture me, enrapture me in a web
    Of fabulous grass and eternal voices by a beech,''
    Patrick Kavanagh (1905-1969), Irish poet, novelist. Canal Bank Walk (l. 9-10). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds. (2d ed., 1988) W. W. Norton & Company.
  • ''I have lived in important places, times
    When great events were decided,''
    Patrick Kavanagh (1905-1969), Irish poet, novelist. Epic (l. 1-2). . . Faber Book of Contemporary Irish Poetry, The. Paul Muldoon, ed. (1986) Faber and Faber.
  • ''Homer's ghost came whispering to my mind.
    He said: I made the Iliad from such
    A local row. Gods make their own importance.''
    Patrick Kavanagh (1905-1969), Irish poet, novelist. Epic (l. 12-14). . . Faber Book of Contemporary Irish Poetry, The. Paul Muldoon, ed. (1986) Faber and Faber.
  • ''On the stem
    Of memory imaginations blossom.''
    Patrick Kavanagh (1905-1969), Irish poet, novelist. Father Mat (l. 79-80). . . Anthology of Irish Literature, An. David H. Greene, ed. (1954) The Modern Library.
  • ''"Take your choice, take your choice,"
    Called the breeze through the bridge's eye.
    "The domestic Virgin and Her Child
    Or Venus with her ecstasy."''
    Patrick Kavanagh (1905-1969), Irish poet, novelist. Father Mat (l. 133-136). . . Anthology of Irish Literature, An. David H. Greene, ed. (1954) The Modern Library.
  • ''"God the Gay is not the Wise."''
    Patrick Kavanagh (1905-1969), Irish poet, novelist. Father Mat (l. 132). . . Anthology of Irish Literature, An. David H. Greene, ed. (1954) The Modern Library.
  • ''The knife of penance fell so like a blade
    Of grass that no one was afraid.''
    Patrick Kavanagh (1905-1969), Irish poet, novelist. Father Mat (l. 10-11). . . Anthology of Irish Literature, An. David H. Greene, ed. (1954) The Modern Library.
  • ''His curate passed on a bicycle—
    He had the haughty intellectual look
    Of the man who never reads in brook or book;''
    Patrick Kavanagh (1905-1969), Irish poet, novelist. Father Mat (l. 30-32). . . Anthology of Irish Literature, An. David H. Greene, ed. (1954) The Modern Library.

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Primrose

Upon a bank I sat, a child made seer
Of one small primrose flowering in my mind.
Better than wealth it is, I said, to find
One small page of Truth's manuscript made clear.
I looked at Christ transfigured without fear--
The light was very beautiful and kind,
And where the Holy Ghost in flame had signed
I read it through the lenses of a tear.
And then my sight grew dim, I could not see

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