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Title Gather round me : the best of Irish popular poetry / edited by Christopher Cahill.

Published Boston : Beacon Press, [2004]
©2004

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 UniM Bail  821.00809417 GATH    AVAILABLE
Physical description 160 pages ; 23 cm
Contents Part I As I Roved Out on a Summer's Morning -- Dawning of the Day / Edward Walsh 19 -- Colleen Rue / Traditional 20 -- A Vision / Aodhagan O'Rathaille, Translated by James Clarence Mangan 21 -- Old Triangle / Brendan Behan 23 -- Mantle So Green / Traditional 25 -- Going to Mass Last Sunday / Donagh MacDonagh 27 -- Fiddler of Dooney / W. B. Yeats 28 -- Little Door / Traditional, Translated by Benedict Kiely 29 -- Forsaken Soldier / Hudie Devaney, Translated by Paddy Tunney 30 -- Emigrant's Letter / Percy French 31 -- Small Towns of Ireland / John Betjeman 33 -- Brian O'Linn / Traditional 35 -- My Grief on the Sea / Traditional, Translated by Douglas Hyde 37 -- Brewer's Man / L. A. G. Strong 38 -- Homeward Bound / Thomas D'Arcy McGee 39 -- Drynan Dhun / Robert Dwyer Joyce 41 -- Part II There was Whiskey on Sunday and Tears on Our Cheeks -- On Raglan Road / Patrick Kavanagh 45 -- To Inishkea / Katherine Tynan-Hinkson 46 -- Mountain Streams Where the Moorcocks Crow / Traditional 48 -- From Galway to Graceland / Richard Thompson 49 -- Fairies / William Allingham 50 -- Hill of Killenarden / Charles G. Halpine 52 -- Master McGrath / Traditional 53 -- O'Mahony's Lament / Douglas Hyde 55 -- An Irishman's Dream / John J. O'Brien 57 -- Mountains of Mourne / Percy French 58 -- Broad Majestic Shannon / Shane MacGowan 59 -- County of Mayo / Thomas Lavelle, Translated by George Fox 60 -- Part III How the Heart of the Minstrel is Breaking! -- Wee Lassie's First Luve / Traditional 63 -- Street Ballad-Singer's Song / Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa 65 -- Street Ballad / Traditional 66 -- Rody McCorley / Traditional 67 -- Wild Colonial Boy / Traditional 69 -- Silence of Unlaboured Fields / Joseph Campbell 70 -- Workman's Friend / Flann O'Brien 71 -- To My Son in Americay / Alf MacLochlainn 72 -- Man of the North Countrie / Thomas D'Arcy McGee 74 -- Low-Back'd Car / Samuel Lover 75 -- She Is Far from the Land / Thomas Moore 77 -- If I Was a Blackbird / Traditional 78 -- Croppy Boy / Traditional 79 -- Part IV I Leave My Warm Heart with You, Though My Back I'm Forced to Turn -- New Irish Girl / Traditional 83 -- Kilcash / Traditional, Translated by Frank O'Connor 84 -- Outlaw of Loch Lene / Traditional, Translated by Jeremiah Joseph Callanan 86 -- Moorloch Mary / Ethna Carbery 87 -- A Glass of Beer / James Stephens 88 -- Blind Traveller / Traditional, Translated by Alf MacLochlainn 89 -- Me an' Me Da / The Reverend William Marshall 90 -- Galbally Farmer / Diarmuid O'Riain 93 -- An Elegy on the Death of a Mad Dog / Oliver Goldsmith 95 -- Ould Orange Flute / Traditional 97 -- Winding Banks of Erne / William Allingham 99 -- Love Is Pleasing / Traditional 102 -- Thomas MacDonagh / Francis Ledwidge 103 -- Convict of Clonmel / Traditional, Translated by Jeremiah Joseph Callanan 104 -- Part V Then Further Going My Wild Oats Sowing to New York City I Crossed the Sea -- Lambs on the Green Hills / Traditional 109 -- A White Rose / John Boyle O'Reilly 110 -- My Love Is Like the Sun / Traditional 111 -- Spanish Man / F. R. Higgins 113 -- Oh! Breathe Not His Name / Thomas Moore 114 -- Les Silhouettes / Oscar Wilde 115 -- Here's to the Maiden / Richard Brinsley Sheridan 116 -- Spanish Lady / Joseph Campbell 118 -- Whiskey in Me Tay / Traditional 120 -- Epigrams / Traditional, Translated by Maire MacEntee 121 -- Sweet Omagh Town / Traditional 122 -- Old Bog Road / Teresa Brayton 124 -- Part VI So Fill to Me the Parting Glass -- She Moved through the Fair / Padraic Colum 129 -- Three Jolly Pigeons / Oliver Goldsmith 130 -- A Pair of Brown Eyes / Shane MacGowan 131 -- Ringsend / Oliver St. John Gogarty 133 -- Night Before Larry Was Stretched / Traditional 134 -- Song of the Ghost / Alfred Percival Graves 137 -- Ballad of William Bloat / Raymond Calvert 139 -- Ballad to a Traditional Refrain / Maurice Craig 141 -- Let Us Be Merry Before We Go / John Philpot Curran 142 -- Parting Glass / Traditional 143 -- Endpiece / Brendan Behan 144.
Summary The Irish have Long Been Associated with great writing -- especially poetry. The love of language pervades this strong culture, and the Irish people have always shared poetry with each other in the street, in the home, or in the pub. Whether bawdy or tragic, these poems have long held a privileged place in Irish popular culture. Now, in Gather Round Me, Christopher Cahill has put together a collection of the best of Irish popular poetry, found in newspapers, heard in pubs, or scribbled down in diaries. Drawing on work published and shared from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries, the poems range from the satirical to the sincere, but often-times they simply provide a hysterical tale that begs to be read aloud.
The popular poetry tradition transcends class and even borders with the Irish. To capture the scope of this tradition, Cahill includes the work of anonymous balladeers as well as famous Irish poets like W.B. Yeats and Brendan Behan, who wrote poems very consciously and proudly in the popular tradition. Those Irish who emigrated brought the tradition with them as they sought better lives abroad, so you'll find poems here from the United States, Canada, and Australia, as well as other locations that have a strong Irish presence. Gather Round Me proves that, from all over the world and throughout history, the Irish have written poetry and songs as a way to define and celebrate their homeland. Much of the verse in this book centers around the love of the Irish landscape and the people that inhabit it. Other common themes include emigration, daily work, politics, romance, and family. With explanatory notes by Cahill that make the verses accessible to the modern reader, Gather Round Me speaks with the voice of the Irish everywhere -- full of humor, mischief, and wit.
Other author Cahill, Christopher.
Subject English poetry -- Irish authors.
Irish poetry -- Translations into English.
Songs, English -- Ireland -- Texts.
Popular literature -- Ireland.
Ireland -- Poetry.
ISBN 0807068705 (acid-free paper)