Monaghan born Patrick Kavanagh was one of modern Ireland's greatest poets. From a harsh, humble background that he himself described so brilliantly, Kavanagh burst through immense constraints to redefine Irish poetry - a poetry appropriate for a fully independent country, both politically and culturally. Moving beyond Irish verse's preoccupation with history, national politics and identity, he turned to the land and scenery of his native Inniskeen, portraying the closely-observed minutiae of everyday rural and urban life in an uninhibited, groundbreaking style. Lucid, various, direct and engaging, Kavanagh's poems have a unique place in the canon and a unique accessibility.
By all accounts a difficult man ( and on his own admittance in some of the poems) Kavanagh never saw himself as being appreciated in his own lifetime. However since his death, his reputation has grown, and along with Yeats & Heaney has taken a place in the national consciousness.
This is a UK reprint ( by Martin Brian & O'Keefe Ltd) 1984, first published in this edition in 1972.
Condition - Very good, a large format paperback , internally unamrked, spine uncreased, no fade or marks to cover , apart from teh usual ( light) edgewear. With index of first lines, broadly chronological. Introduction by Kavanagh himself, suitably put down of his own life and talent.