Patrick Kavanagh Irish Poet

Patrick Kavanagh is the most famous poet to come from the Irish county of Monaghan. He was born in 1904, and died in 1967.

The poem below is one of my favourites, I hope you enjoy it!

Lines Written on a Seat on the Grand Canal, Dublin

"Erected to the memory of Mrs. Dermot O'Brien"

O commemorate me where there is water,
Canal water, preferably, so stilly
Greeny at the heart of summer. Brother
Commemorate me thus beautifully
Where by a lock niagarously roars
The falls for those who sit in the tremendous silence
Of mid-July. No one will speak in prose
Who finds his way to these Parnassian islands.
A swan goes by head low with many apologies,
Fantastic light looks through the eyes of bridges -
And look! a barge comes bringing from Athy
And other far-flung towns mythologies.
O commemorate me with no hero-courageous
Tomb - just a canal-bank seat for the passer-by.

Patrick Kavanagh

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