WestWords Perfect Pair 02.07.2014

Irish poet and novelist, Patrick Kavanagh was born in Co. Monaghan in 1904. His rural background was reflected in his first volume of poems, The Ploughman and Other Poems published in 1936 by Macmillan to critical acclaim. A writer with a great awareness and mastery of language this is:

INISHKEEN ROAD: JULY EVENING
By Patrick Kavanagh

The bicycles go by in twos and threes –
There’s a dance in Billy Brennan’s barn tonight,
And there’s the half-talk code of mysteries
And the wink-and-elbow language of delight.
Half-past eight and there is not a spot
Upon a mile of road, no shadow thrown
That might turn out a man or woman, not
A footfall tapping secrecies of stone.

I have what every poet hates in spite
Of all the solemn talk of contemplation.
Oh, Alexander Selkirk knew the plight
Of being king and government and nation.
A road, a mile of kingdom, I am king
Of banks and stones and every blooming thing.

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