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Brophy, The Corner of a Field and Other Poems. Brophy, Sean. The Corner of a Field and Other Poems. Dublin, Rainsford Press, 1995. 15 cm x 21.5 cm. 48 pages. Original hardcover with original dustjacket in protective Mylar. Near fine condition with only very minor signs of external wear.

Includes for example the following poems: Peace / Montparnasse / Evening at Bofin Harbour / Boys playing in the Phoenix Park / Gabhlan / Old Bridge at Mountallen / Dunmore East / The Picture of Reginald Gray / Loch an Teampaill / Lissadell / Swans at Falmouth / Poem for Lovers / Artillery Wood, Flanders etc.

″The author sets out to celebrate the ordinary in life, especially in nature. He celebrates life in the corner of a field in the west of Ireland, at a traditional Irish music session, on a rainy evening in Dublin City and at the graveside of a poet in Flanders. Readers are invited to join in this world of awareness, to see the extraordinary in the ordinary, to see the poetry in life all around them.”(Sean Brophy)

Keywords: 20th Century Literature, Irish Literature, Irish Poetry, Poetry

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French, Prose, Poems and Parodies of Percy French. French, Percy / Daly, Mrs. De Burgh (editor). Prose, Poems and Parodies of Percy French. Dublin, The Talbot Press, 1968. 13 cm x 20 cm. 204 pages. Original hardcover. Excellent condition with only very minor signs of external wear.

Includes for example the following songs: Come Back, Paddy Reilly / The Mountains of Mourne / Phil the Fluter’s Bal / Mc Breen’s Heifer / Eileen Oge / George Grossmith / Galloping Hogan / Gortnamona / How Hiawatha Won the Cup etc.

Keywords: Irish Poetry

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Hall, The Permanence of Yeats. Hall, James and Steinmann, Martin [eds.]. The Permanence of Yeats. First edition. New York, Collier Books, 1961. 10 cm x 17,5 cm. VII, 371 pages. Original Softcover. Very good condition with some minor signs of external wear. From the library of swiss – american – irish poet Chuck Kruger. With his name to front free endpaper. Occasional markings and annotations in the text.

Contains among others the following chapters: The Seven Sacred Trances; J. Middleton Murrey; Edmund Wilson; R.P. Blackmur; Cleanth Brooks, Jr.; J.C. Ransom; Allen Tate; David Daiches; Arthur Miyener; F.R. Leavis; Stephen Spender; D.S. Savage; Joseph Warren Beach; Austin Warren; Eric Bentley; Kenneth Burke; W.Y. Tindall; Donald Davidson; Elder Olson; A. Norman Jeffares; Delmore Schwartz; T.S. Eliot; W.H. Auden; Morton Dauwen Zabel; Walter E. Houghton etc.

Keywords: Cape Clear Chuck Kruger Collection, Chuck Kruger Collection, Irish Poetry

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Kruger, Between a Rock. Kruger, Chuck. Between a Rock. Cork, bradshaw books, 2004. 12.5 cm x 19.5 cm. VII, 137 pages. Original softcover. Excellent condition with only very minor signs of external wear.

Includes for example the following essays: Boundaries, Bulls and Brendans / Worm of the sea / King Conger / Go-Devil etc.

Keywords: Irish Poetry

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MacCotter, Colman of Cloyne: A Study. MacCotter, Paul. Colman of Cloyne: A Study. Dublin, Four Courts Press, 2004. 16.5 cm x 24 cm. 152 pags. Original Hardcover with dustjacket and protective Mylar covering. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear.

Saint Colmán of Cloyne (530 – 606), also Colmán mac Léníne, was a monk, founder and patron of Cluain Uama, now Cloyne, County Cork, Ireland, and one of the earliest known Irish poets to write in the vernacular. Cloyne appears to have been his earliest settlement. The cathedral and round tower are situated on a limestone eminence in the midst of the valley, surrounded by rich meadows. In the rock is the cave extending in various branches underground to a great distance, from which the town derives its name. Here it is supposed Colman took up his abode as a place of security and the remains of his primitive oratory, known as Colman’s Chapel were still to be seen in 1813. Colmán is also believed to have founded a monastery at what would become Killagha Abbey in County Kerry. He was credited with extraordinary poetic powers, being styled by his contemporaries ‘royal poet of Munster’. Several of his Irish poems are still extant, notably a metrical panegyric on Saint Brendan. Colgan mentions a metrical life of Saint Senan by him. His surviving verses date from the period 565 and 604, and are among the earliest examples of Irish writing in the Latin alphabet. He is commonly thought to have composed Luin oc laib, a poem in praise of Domnall mac Muirchertaig (d. 566?), king of Tara, and another poem on the death of Áed Sláine (d. 604), king of the UÍ Néill. The latter poem has not survived complete. He died on 24 November (his subsequent feastday), circa 600, and his probable place of burial is Cloyne, where he may have left a school of poetry in existence. (Wikipedia).

Keywords: Irish History, Irish Local History, Irish Poetry, Irish Religious History

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O'Brien, Some Irish Loving: A Selection. O’Brien, Edna. Some Irish Loving: A Selection. First Edition. London, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1979. 14 x 22cm. 262 pages. Original hardcover with dustjacket in protective collector’s Mylar. Excellent condition, other than small tear to dustjacket. Signed by Edna O’Brien on titlepage.

An anthology selected and introduced by Edna O’Brien on the theme of love. It includes letters, drama, poetry, and short stories ranging from Cuchulain to an anonymous schoolgirl to Synge, Yeats, and Joyce, revealing Irish responses to love in all its forms and providing a catalogue of the ways of loving. In her introduction O’Brien comments that “the more righteous would have us believe that the Irish kept those lubbard appetites concerning love and passion in due subordination. But despite prognostications about the Vanishing Irish and about the excess of bachelors, the country is still there and in it people busily engaged in the drama of love”.

Keywords: Anthology, Fiction, Irish Literature, Irish Poetry, Love Stories, Poetry

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Salter-Townshend, To Ireland and Other Poems. Salter-Townshend, George. To Ireland and Other Poems. First Edition. Clonakilty, Walsh Printers, 1988. 15,5 x 21,5 cm. 56 pages. Original Softcover. Stapled. Very good+ condition with some minor staining on the cover.

Keywords: Irish Literature, Irish Poetry, Poetry

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Stephens, James 'The Adventures Of Seamus Beg' Stephens, James. The Adventures of Seamus Beg. The Rocky Road To Dublin. First Edition. London, Macmillan & Co.Ltd, 1915. 14 x 20 cm. VII, 86 pages. Original Hardcover (blue cloth). The binding warped and a little stained. Otherwise in very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. Interior excellent.

Keywords: Irish Literature, Irish Poetry

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Yeats, The Cutting of an Agate. Yeats, William Butler. The Cutting of an Agate. First American Edition. New York, The Macmillan Company, 1912. 14 cm x 19.5 cm. VIII, 255 pages. Original hardcover. Very good condition with minor signs of external wear. Scuffing on corners and spine and darkening on spine. Clean inside with solid binding.

Includes the following: Thoughts on Lady Gregory’s Translations / I. Cuchulain and his Cycle / II. Fion and his Cycle / Preface to the First Edition of the Well of the Saints / Discoveries / Prophet, Priest and King / Personality and the Intellectual Essences / The Musician and the Orator / A Guitar Player / The Tree of Life / The Praise of Old Wives’ Tales / The Play of Modern Manners / Has the Drama of Contemporary Life a Root of its Own? / Why the Blind Man in Ancient Times was made a Poet / Concerning Saints and Artists / The Two Kinds of Asceticism / A Tower on the Apennines / The Thinking of the Body / The Holy Places / Poetry and Traditions / Preface to the First Edition of John M. Synge’s Poems and Translations / The Tragic Theatre / John Shawe-Taylor / Edmund Spenser etc.

″William Butler Yeats (13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939) was an Irish poet and one of the foremost figures of 20th-century literature. A pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments, he helped to found the Abbey Theatre, and in his later years served as an Irish Senator for two terms. Yeats was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival along with Lady Gregory, Edward Martyn and others.

He was born in Sandymount, Ireland and educated there and in London. He spent childhood holidays in County Sligo and studied poetry from an early age when he became fascinated by Irish legends and the occult. These topics feature in the first phase of his work, which lasted roughly until the turn of the 20th century. His earliest volume of verse was published in 1889, and its slow-paced and lyrical poems display Yeats’s debts to Edmund Spenser, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and the poets of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. From 1900, his poetry grew more physical and realistic. He largely renounced the transcendental beliefs of his youth, though he remained preoccupied with physical and spiritual masks, as well as with cyclical theories of life. In 1923, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.” (Wikipedia)

″In The Cutting of an Agate W.B. Yeats starts with thoughts on Lady Gregory’s translations and tells of his experiences: He writes about meeting fellow student JM Synge for the first time, putting on a play in a small town in the west of Ireland, and how to make his work appreciated by his audience. He then writes at length about Synge and others of his time. He describes his observations of people he encounters. He discusses the merits of modern plays, and how a character in an epic novel will stay with us longer than one in a play. He describes the first time he took Indian hemp and how the high changed the way he saw things at the time. He finishes with several chapters dedicated to J.M. Spencer. He is a fellow poet, specific parts of whose poetry Yeats liked to carry around with him. “I have put into this book only those passages from Spenser that I want to remember and carry about with me. I have not tried to select what people call characteristic passages, for that is, I think, the way to make a dull book… I have taken out of The Shepheards Calender only those parts which are about love or about old age, and I have taken out of the Faerie Queene passages about shepherds and lovers, and fauns and satyrs, and a few allegorical processions.” “There is an old saying that God is a circle whose centre is everywhere. If that is true, the saint goes to the centre, the poet and artist to the ring where everything comes round again. The poet must not seek for what is still and fixed, for that has no life for him… Yet perhaps he must endure the impermanent a little, for these things return, but not wholly, for no two faces are alike, and, it may be, had we more learned eyes, no two flowers. Is it that all things are made by the struggle of the individual and the world, of the unchanging and the returning, and that the saint and the poet are over all, and that the poet has made his home in the Serpent’s mouth?” (Amazon)

Keywords: 20th century, 20th Century Literature, Irish Literary Revival, Irish Literature, Irish Poetry, Lady Gregory

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