By Mairead Ashe FitzGerald
Ireland's Easter 1916 emerging used to be led via a mixture of infantrymen and exchange unions but additionally visionaries and writers. This selection of poems comprises the desires and visions of freedom and nationhood for eire by way of those artists, concentrating on prior to, in the course of, and after the 1916 emerging. Poets comprise: 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 lots of extra.
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There he discovered the Gaelic League and immediately became swept up in the nationalist movement. Five years’ teaching in St Colman’s in Fermoy, County Cork, followed before MacDonagh moved to Dublin in 1908 to join Pádraic Pearse in St Enda’s as assistant headmaster. MacDonagh was blessed with a lighthearted personality, well suited to act as a foil to the seriousness of Pearse as headmaster. Padraic Colum called him ‘a wonderfully good comrade, an eager friend, a happy-hearted companion’ with ‘a flow of wit and humour’.
After the surrender the General Post Office was evacuated and Plunkett spent a long night lying in the open outside the Rotunda, followed by a march to Richmond Barracks. Condemned to death for his part in the Rising and his signature on the Proclamation, Joseph Plunkett was then imprisoned in Kilmainham Jail and ordered to be shot at dawn on 4 May 1916. Grace and he were married in his prison cell the night before his execution. 52 I SEE HIS BLOOD UPON THE ROSE I see his blood upon the rose And in the stars the glory of his eyes, His body gleams amid eternal snows, His tears fall from the skies.
Indeed, MacDonagh’s translations, with their internal rhyme and assonance, beautifully preserve the fluidity and rhythm of the originals. He read English, French and Irish at University College Dublin and became an inspired lecturer in the Department of English there. Thomas MacDonagh and Muriel Gifford were married in 1912 and they had two children, Donagh and Barbara. Muriel, who came from a Protestant Unionist family in Dublin, was an artist. Her sister was Grace Gifford, who was to marry Joseph Plunkett in Kilmainham Jail shortly before his execution.