Treasure Island

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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On Raglan Road

On Raglan Road on an autumn day I met her first and knew
That her dark hair would weave a snare that I might one day rue;
I saw the danger, yet I walked along the enchanted way,
And I said, let grief be a fallen leaf at the dawning of the day.

On Grafton Street in November we tripped lightly along the ledge
Of the deep ravine where can be seen the worth of passion's pledge,
The Queen of Hearts still making tarts and I not making hay -
O I loved too much and by such and such is ha

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