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By Mairead Ashe FitzGerald

Ireland's Easter 1916 emerging used to be led through a mixture of infantrymen and alternate unions but in addition visionaries and writers. This choice of poems comprises the goals and visions of freedom and nationhood for eire via those artists, concentrating on prior to, in the course of, and after the 1916 emerging. Poets contain: 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 plenty 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.

Till the same bare season closed his unquiet heart To all but sorrow of life—This is in vain! Of yore Lo, Egypt was, and all things do depart, This is in vain! And he fought no more. He conned the poems that poets had made in other days, And he loved the past that he could pity and praise. And he fought no more, living in solitude, Till they came and called him back to the multitude, Saying—Our olden speech and our old manners die. He went again, and they raised his banner on high: Came Victory, eagle-formed, with wings wide flung, As with them a while he fought, with never a weary thought, and with never a sigh, That their children might have again their manners and ancient tongue.

The hands that fought, the hearts that broke In old immortal tragedies, These have not failed beneath the skies, Their children’s heads refuse the yoke. And still their hands shall guard the sod That holds their father’s funeral urn, Still shall their hearts volcanic burn With anger of the sons of God. No alien sword shall earn as wage The entail of their blood and tears, No shameful price for peaceful years Shall ever part this heritage. 56 THE DARK WAY Rougher than Death the road I choose Yet shall my feet not walk astray, Though dark, my way I shall not lose For this way is the darkest way.

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