A Terrible Beauty: Poetry of 1916 by Mairead Ashe FitzGerald

By Mairead Ashe FitzGerald

Ireland's Easter 1916 emerging used to be led by means of a mixture of infantrymen and exchange unions but additionally visionaries and writers. This number of poems includes the desires and visions of freedom and nationhood for eire by means of those artists, targeting earlier than, 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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As part of the same mission, and by then very ill, he undertook another journey to New York to connect with John Devoy, a key 51 figure in the Irish-American nationalist organisation, Clan na Gael. Plunkett was at the centre of the planning of the Easter Rising and succeeded, along with Pearse and Seán MacDermott, in convincing James Connolly to join with them. By Easter 1916 Plunkett was a dying man and came straight from his hospital bed to carry out his commitments to the Rising. He and Grace Gifford postponed their marriage, which was to have taken place on Easter Sunday.

The joy of Spring leaps from your eyes, The strength of dragons in your hair, In your young soul we still surprise The secret wisdom flowing there; But never word shall speak or sing Inadequate music where above Your burning heart now spreads its wing In the wild beauty of your Love. 59 60 61 62 George William Russell (Æ) (1867–1935) G eorge Russell, or Æ (his pen name came from the mystical idea of ‘aeon’), was a poet, a mystic, a painter and a social organiser. His ideas and his personality helped to shape and stimulate the cultural life of Ireland in the decades around the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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.

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