Tag Archives: Ireland

The Books: Finders Keepers: Selected Prose 1971-2001: ‘Yeats as an Example?,’ by Seamus Heaney

On the essays shelf (yes, there are still more books to excerpt in my vast library. I can’t seem to stop this excerpts-from-my-library project. I started it in 2006!) NEXT BOOK: Seamus Heaney’s Finders Keepers: Selected Prose 1971-2001. The Irish … Continue reading

Posted in Books | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Books: Finders Keepers: Selected Prose 1971-2001: ‘Earning a Rhyme,’ by Seamus Heaney

On the essays shelf (yes, there are still more books to excerpt in my vast library. I can’t seem to stop this excerpts-from-my-library project. I started it in 2006!) NEXT BOOK: Seamus Heaney’s Finders Keepers: Selected Prose 1971-2001. Sometimes when … Continue reading

Posted in Books | Tagged , , , , | 5 Comments

The Books: Finders Keepers: Selected Prose 1971-2001: ‘Belfast,’ by Seamus Heaney

On the essays shelf (yes, there are still more books to excerpt in my vast library. I can’t seem to stop this excerpts-from-my-library project. I started it in 2006!) NEXT BOOK: Seamus Heaney’s Finders Keepers: Selected Prose 1971-2001. My father … Continue reading

Posted in Books | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

“If it was raining soup, the Irish would go out with forks.” – Happy Birthday, Brendan Behan

“Shakespeare said pretty well everything and what he left out, James Joyce, with a judge from meself, put in.” – Brendan Behan Brendan Behan, Irish playwright and terrorist, was born on this day, in Dublin, in 1923. He led a … Continue reading

Posted in On This Day | Tagged , | 4 Comments

The Books: The Redress of Poetry; ‘Speranza in Reading: On “The Ballad of Reading Gaol”,’ by Seamus Heaney

On the essays shelf (yes, there are still more books to excerpt in my vast library. I can’t seem to stop this excerpts-from-my-library project. I started it in 2006!) NEXT BOOK: Seamus Heaney’s The Redress of Poetry. “Speranza” was the … Continue reading

Posted in Books | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Books: The Redress of Poetry; ‘Orpheus in Ireland: On Brian Merriman’s “The Midnight Court”,’ by Seamus Heaney

On the essays shelf (yes, there are still more books to excerpt in my vast library. I can’t seem to stop this excerpts-from-my-library project. I started it in 2006!) NEXT BOOK: Seamus Heaney’s The Redress of Poetry. Brian Merriman lived … Continue reading

Posted in Books | Tagged , , , , | 10 Comments

The Books: The Redress of Poetry; ‘Extending the Alphabet: On Christopher Marlowe’s “Hero and Leander”,’ by Seamus Heaney

On the essays shelf (yes, there are still more books to excerpt in my vast library. I can’t seem to stop this excerpts-from-my-library project. I started it in 2006!) NEXT BOOK: Seamus Heaney’s The Redress of Poetry. In re-reading this … Continue reading

Posted in Books | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Books: The Redress of Poetry; ‘The Redress of Poetry,’ by Seamus Heaney

On the essays shelf (yes, there are still more books to excerpt in my vast library. I can’t seem to stop this excerpts-from-my-library project. I started it in 2006!) NEXT BOOK: Seamus Heaney’s The Redress of Poetry. The fact of … Continue reading

Posted in Books | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

Winter Solstice at Newgrange: “Nobody Knows, Love.”

The winter solstice always makes me think of Newgrange, a place I have been to numerous times (There’s a picture on my fridge of me and my sister Jean at Newgrange, taken by sister Siobhan): Newgrange is a passage tomb … Continue reading

Posted in Personal | Tagged | 12 Comments

“But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you.” – Happy Birthday, Maud Gonne

Maud Gonne, Irish revolutionary, feminist, radical, and lifelong poetic muse of William Butler Yeats, was born on December 20 in 1865. She married John MacBride (after a couple of notorious affairs and illegitimate children). John MacBride was an Irish nationalist … Continue reading

Posted in On This Day | Tagged , , | 4 Comments