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Ireland's Easter 1916 Rising was led by a mix of soldiers and trade unions but also visionaries and writers. This collection of poems contains the dreams and visions of freedom and nationhood for Ireland by these artists, focusing on before, during, and after the 1916 rising. Poets include: Padraic Pearse, W.B. Yeats, Joseph Mary Plunkett, James Stephens, Eva Gore-Booth, G Ireland's Easter 1916 Rising was led by a mix of soldiers and trade unions but also visionaries and writers. This collection of poems contains the dreams and visions of freedom and nationhood for Ireland by these artists, focusing on before, during, and after the 1916 rising. Poets include: Padraic Pearse, W.B. Yeats, Joseph Mary Plunkett, James Stephens, Eva Gore-Booth, George Russell, Padraic Colum, Sean O'Casey, Dora Sigerson Shorter, Thomas Ashe, Katharine Tynan, and many more.


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Ireland's Easter 1916 Rising was led by a mix of soldiers and trade unions but also visionaries and writers. This collection of poems contains the dreams and visions of freedom and nationhood for Ireland by these artists, focusing on before, during, and after the 1916 rising. Poets include: Padraic Pearse, W.B. Yeats, Joseph Mary Plunkett, James Stephens, Eva Gore-Booth, G Ireland's Easter 1916 Rising was led by a mix of soldiers and trade unions but also visionaries and writers. This collection of poems contains the dreams and visions of freedom and nationhood for Ireland by these artists, focusing on before, during, and after the 1916 rising. Poets include: Padraic Pearse, W.B. Yeats, Joseph Mary Plunkett, James Stephens, Eva Gore-Booth, George Russell, Padraic Colum, Sean O'Casey, Dora Sigerson Shorter, Thomas Ashe, Katharine Tynan, and many more.

38 review for A Terrible Beauty: Poetry of 1916

  1. 4 out of 5

    maryamongstories

    Today was the day: I cried over a poetry collection. This has history facts, author biographies, goodbyes and heartbreaks. Completely crushed my soul. It might be because of my love of Ireland, but I adored it with all my heart. What a beautiful, beautiful book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah Roma

    This collection was a revelation. Fitzgerald curated it with finesse and heart and it was incredibly moving to read. The illustrations were stunning and the biographies succinctly informed the poetry. This is now my prized possession and I have now found my new favourite poem of all time: Comrades (To Con), by Eva Gore-Booth. The peaceful night that round me flows Breaks through your iron prison doors, Free through the world your spirit goes, Forbidden hands are clasping yours. The wind is our con This collection was a revelation. Fitzgerald curated it with finesse and heart and it was incredibly moving to read. The illustrations were stunning and the biographies succinctly informed the poetry. This is now my prized possession and I have now found my new favourite poem of all time: Comrades (To Con), by Eva Gore-Booth. The peaceful night that round me flows Breaks through your iron prison doors, Free through the world your spirit goes, Forbidden hands are clasping yours. The wind is our confederate, The night has left her doors ajar, We meet beyond earth's barred gate, Where all the world's wild rebels are. Other poems I loved from the collection were: - A Terrible Beauty is Born - W.B. Yeats - The Wayfarer - Padraic Pearse (Written on the night before his execution in Kilmainham Gaol) - Salutation (To the memory of some I know who are dead and who loved Ireland) - George William Russel - Let me Carry your Cross for Ireland, Lord! - Thomas Patrick Ashe - The Foggy Dew - Canon Charles O'Neil Other Facts I learned from the biographies: - Joseph Plunkett undertook a cloak-and-dagger mission to Germany to negotiate with their government to smuggle arms back into Ireland across Spain, Italy, and north Switzerland for the rebellion. - Eva Gore-Booth (Sister to Countess Markievicz) devoted her life to the suffragette and trade union movements. Yeats admired her work and they had a lasting friendship. - Padraic Pearse was born on Brunswick street which is now named Pearse Street. - This quote from Pearse's speech over the grave of Jeremiah O'Donovan in Glasnevin Cemetery: 'They think they have pacified Ireland. They think that that have pacified half of us and intimidated the other half. They think that they have foreseen everything, think that they have provided against everything; but the fools, the fools, the fools! They have left us our Fenian dead, and while Ireland holds these graves, Ireland unfree shall never be at peace.'

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alba

    És una edició preciosa, amb retrats, biografia i poemes dels poetes (també dones, quelcom que és estrany quan es parla d'aquella època...). És un bon recull per aprendre d'autors i autores que no coneixies, repassar aquells que sí, llegir un tast de la seva obra relacionat amb l'aixecament de Pasqua del 1916 (i després) i saber com hi van prendre partit o com els va influir. Genials els poemes en gaeilge (irlandès) amb traduccions...

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