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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (27 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141183489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141183480
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the major figures in the modern Irish poetic canon, Patrick Kavanagh (1904-67) was a post-colonial poet who released Anglo-Irish verse from its prolonged obsession with history, ethnicity and national politics. His poetry, written in an uninhibited vernacular style, focused on the 'common and banal' aspects of contemporary life.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Brian Johnston on 8 May 2003
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Kavanagh was one of the first Irish poets to create poetry out of local and native backgrounds. Though many of his poems were published posthumously, the quality and breadth of his work makes some of today's so called 'experts' look pale in comparison. His poetry is direct, unpretentious, personal and often very moving. It is also refreshingly ‘real’. Kavanagh could convey the magic of ordinary and often harsh rural life in his poems. Even though he may be not recognised internationally, Kavanagh's impact on modern Irish poetry has been and will be enormous.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Zen Buddhism on 29 Jan. 2009
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This book provides an excellent selection of Kavanagh's poems including all the most famous and best. Don't be put off by the remarks below - this is an excellent book at a great price. Treat yourself to arguably the best Parochial poetry ever written, rivalling that of R.S. Thomas.
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It's all good - especially the price.
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2 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Dec. 1999
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For a lady who comes from the area there are 2 major errors which make a mess of everything else. See pages 154 and 161...sole-plate is not a horseshoe and diddy is not a vagina
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Better than Heaney! 27 Oct. 2013
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My relationship with poetry is a tortured one and I end up dumping off many books of verse I can't seem to wrap my mind around. But this is something special. I sat down one night and read almost the entire book, while I've never been able to get Seamus Heaney. Perhaps Kavanagh is just more accessible, but his is a deep and soul lifting accessibility. These poems grabbed me and on many occasions made my heart sing.
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My "New Discovery" 22 Jun. 2014
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Patrick Kavanagh was unknown to me until I read a story about him in an Irish magazine this spring. There were excerpts of some of his poems, and I loved them, so I ordered this book. I'm so glad I did! The book is the perfect introduction to his work for a new reader, and I'm inspired to learn more about Irish poetry in general. I rely on Amazon to give me access to materials from all kinds of authors, music and traditions when I learn of them in the media.
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