By Mairead Ashe FitzGerald
Ireland's Easter 1916 emerging was once led through a mixture of infantrymen and exchange unions but additionally visionaries and writers. This number of poems includes the goals and visions of freedom and nationhood for eire via those artists, targeting sooner than, 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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His travels made him an ideal person to undertake dangerous journeys to Europe and America on behalf of the Irish Volunteers when the Great War was under way. In 1909 Plunkett met Thomas MacDonagh, who taught him Irish; the two had many interests in common and became firm friends. His first collection of poetry, The Circle and the Sword, was published with the help of MacDonagh in 1911. He wrote poetry constantly: love poems arising from 50 a long and tormented love-affair, and mystical poetry with religious iconography, which sprang from his deep religious faith.
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’. Together, MacDonagh and Pearse were a perfect team with shared interests: both were literary men and both were charismatic teachers with a love of poetry, theatre and the Irish language.
The workers’ strike and the Great Lockout drew a passionate response from Æ as he publicly lambasted William Martin Murphy during the Dublin Lockout in 1913. Æ’s response to the Easter Rising was one of admiration for the leaders and of hope for an independent and selfsufficient Ireland. He was unaware of the events in Dublin in Easter week 1916 as he was in County Clare visiting his friend, the genealogist Edward MacLysaght, and painting in the woods at Raheen. Much of Æ’s poetic work is mystical and idealistic, but his capacity to engage with the realities of life and his love for his country brought forth a clarity of thought which inspired his best work.