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Collected Poems

Austin Clarke

Edited by R. Dardis Clarke

Foreword by R. Dardis Clarke

Collected Poems by Austin Clarke
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ISBN: 978 1 857548 25 9
Categories: 20th Century, Irish
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: November 2008
216 x 135 x 33 mm
304 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • Child climbed
    Into the trap; the pony started quick
    As fly to a flick and Uncle John began
    Our work-a-day, holiday jingle.
                                                      Up the hill,
    Hurry me not.
                                     Down the hill,
    Worry me not.
                             Verse came like that, simple
    As join-hands, yet ambiguous, lesson
    Implied, a flower-puzzle in final verb
    And negative.

                                from 'Forget Me Not' by Austin Clarke
    Austin Clarke's first book of poetry was published in 1917, his last in 1971. In a writing life spanning much of the twentieth century, Clarke created from his early, Yeatsian immersion in Gaelic myth and literature a poetry of passionate, idiosyncratic modernity, rooted in place and time, universal in its resonance. His is poetry, writes Christopher Ricks, of 'delicate and dancing interlacings' which is also 'simple as join-hands'. Clarke can be challengingly elliptical or as robust and earthy as folk tradition; he dares the terrors of the damaged soul. His later poems Thomas Kinsella described in The Dual Tradition as 'wickedly glittering narratives... poetry as pure entertainment, serious and successful'.

    The first Collected Poems of Austin Clarke appeared shortly after his death in 1974. Now, newly edited and corrected, with Clarke's original Notes restored, a bibliography and an illuminating introduction by Christopher Ricks, the poetry takes its place as one of the most compelling bodies of twentieth-century Irish poetry, available for a new generation of readers.

    Cover painting: Self Fishing near the Big Poplar, Callan with Heron and Crows (detail) by Tony O'Malley. Reproduced by permission of Jane O'Malley. Cover design by StephenRaw.com.

    Contents

    Introduction by Christopher Ricks
    Editor's Foreword and Notes on the Text by R. Dardis Clarke

    THE VENGEANCE OF FIONN (1917)

    The Vengeance of Fionn
    A Cliff Song

    THE FIRES OF BAAL (1921)

    The Fires of Baal

    THE SWORD OF THE WEST (1921)

    Concobar
    The Music-Healers
    O Love, There Is No Beauty

    THE CATTLEDRIVE IN CONNAUGHT AND OTHER POEMS (1925)

    Induction
    Three Sentences
    I Ceildhe
    II Scandal
    III Blessing
    A Curse
    Praise
    If There Was Nothing Noble
    Secrecy
    Silver and Gold
    The Itinerary of Ua Clerigh
    The Pedlar
    The Fair at Windgap
    The Lad Made King
    The Lost Heifer
    The Son of Lir
    The House in the West
    The Musician's Wife
    The Frenzy of Suibhne
    The Circuit of Cuchullin
    The Cattledrive in Connaught

    PILGRIMAGE AND OTHER POEMS (1929)

    Pilgrimage (When the far south glittered)
    Celibacy
    The Confession of Queen Gormlai
    The Scholar
    The Cardplayer
    The Young Woman of Beare
    South-Westerly Gale
    The Marriage Night
    The Planter's Daughter
    Aisling (At morning from the coldness of Mount Brandon)

    COLLECTED POEMS (1936)

    Wandering Men
    Six Sentences
    Black and Tans
    Civil War I, II
    To James Stephens
    No Recompense
    The Tales of Ireland

    NIGHT AND MORNING: POEMS (1938)

    Night and Morning
    Mortal Pride
    Tenebrae
    Martha Blake
    Repentance
    The Lucky Coin
    The Straying Student
    Penal Law
    Her Voice Could Not Be Softer
    Summer Lightning
    The Jewels


    ANCIENT LIGHTS. POEMS AND SATIRES: FIRST SERIES (1955)

    Celebrations
    Fashion
    Marriage
    Three Poems about Children
    Offerings
    Bequests
    Ancient Lights
    Respectable People
    Mother and Child
    Inscription for a Headstone
    Emancipation
    An Early Start
    The Blackbird of Derrycairn
    Vanishing Irish
    The Envy of Poor Lovers
    Return from England

    TOO GREAT A VINE. POEMS AND SATIRES: SECOND SERIES (1957)

    Usufruct
    Abbey Theatre Fire
    Wolfe Tone
    The Trial of Robert Emmet
    Past and Present
    Nelson's Pillar, Dublin
    Miss Marnell
    Local Complainer
    The Loss of Strength
    Irish Mother
    The Choice
    War Propaganda
    Pilgrimage (No bed that walks is worth such pain)
    Marian Chimes
    St Christopher

    THE HORSE-EATERS. POEMS AND SATIRES: THIRD SERIES (1960)

    Intercessors
    Irish-American Dignitary
    Knacker Rhymes
    Fable
    Menai Strait
    Christmas Eve
    The Flock at Dawn
    In the New Statesman Office
    The Dead Sea Scrolls
    The Lower Criticism
    Early Unfinished Sketch
    The Hippophagi

    FORGET ME NOT (1962)

    Forget Me Not

    FLIGHT TO AFRICA AND OTHER POEMS (1963)

    Mount Parnassus
    Over Wales
    The Stadium
    Ecumenical Council
    The Common Market,
    The Abbey Theatre Fire
    Burial of an Irish President
    The Wounds of Fodhla
    Flight to Africa
    Precautions
    The Last Republicans
    Street Game
    Four Letter Words
    A Simple Tale
    Medical Missionary of Mary
    From a Diary of Dreams
    Martha Blake at Fifty-One
    Corporal Punishment
    Living on Sin
    Unmarried Mothers
    The Knock
    Richmond Hill
    Looking Back
    Our Dumb Friends
    Guinness Was Bad for Me
    Midnight in Templeogue
    Japanese Print
    Right of Way
    A Strong Wind
    A Mile from Tallaght
    Cypress Grove
    On the Mountain Tops
    I Saw from Cashel
    The Eighth Wonder of Ireland
    Beyond the Pale
    Eighteenth Century Harp Songs
    I Mabel Kelly
    II Gracey Nugent
    III Peggy Browne
    IV The Tantalus
    V Breedeen
    A Vision of Mars
    Aisling (One day before Titan had lighted the way...)
    O'Rourke's Feast
    Cock and Hen
    Rustic Match-Making
    The Adventures of the Great Fool
    How Covetousness Came into the Church
    Song of the Books
    The Thorn
    The Jest
    Every Fine Day
    The Phoenix Park
    Fragaria
    Jeanne d'Arc
    Following Darkness
    Rightful Rhymes
    I Irish-American Visitor
    II Tale of a Tub
    III The Plot

    MNEMOSYNE LAY IN DUST (1966)

    Mnemosyne Lay in Dust

    OLD-FASHIONED PILGRIMAGE AND OTHER POEMS (1967)

    Old-Fashioned Pilgrimage
    Napalm
    Robert Frost
    Ezra Pound
    Fiesta in Spain
    Garcia Lorca
    Pablo Neruda
    The Paper Curtain
    Letter to a Friend
    The Penitent
    A Young Member of the Party
    At Middle Abbey Street Corner
    At the Opposite Corner
    Nova et Vetera
    The Pill
    Our Love Was Incorruptible
    The Redemptorist
    Catechism Lesson
    Pigeon Pie
    Custom House Official
    A Student in Paris
    More Extracts from a Diary of Dreams

    THE ECHO AT COOLE AND OTHER POEMS (1968)

    The Labours of Idleness
    A Centenary Tribute
    In the Savile Club
    The Echo at Coole
    A.E.
    James Stephens
    F.R. Higgins
    Paupers
    The House-Breakers
    The Uncommissioned
    Gerard Manley Hopkins
    Song for Cecilia
    Afterthought
    Nunc Dimittis
    The Knot
    At the Dáil
    Above Party
    Black, White and Yellow
    The Council of Churches
    Love, Joy, Peace
    Rousseau
    In the Rocky Glen
    The Bolshoi Ballet
    New Liberty Hall
    In O'Connell Street
    The New Tolerance
    A Statue for Dublin Bay
    The Subjection of Women
    Miss Rosanna Ford
    The New Cathedral in Galway
    A Reply
    In Kildare Street
    At the House of Commons
    The Vocation
    No Keepsake
    On a Bright Morning
    The Last Ditch
    The Knuckleduster
    Lactuca Prodigiosa
    Aisling (Morning had gone into the wood before me)
    Eire
    A Jingling Trifle
    The Happy Saint
    The House of Mercy
    The Last Irish Snake
    Phallomeda
    Impotence

    A SERMON ON SWIFT AND OTHER POEMS (1968)

    A Sermon on Swift
    The Disestablished Church
    Rose MacDowell
    Another Protestant Insult
    Ex Trivio
    Dirge
    A Jocular Retort
    Moral Tales
    The New World
    Galway
    Drumcondra
    The Stump
    Neptune
    Anacreontic
    Talaria
    Amor Angustus Domi
    Stopples

    ORPHIDE AND OTHER POEMS (1970)

    Orphide
    The Quarry
    The Dilemma of Iphis
    The Trees of the Forest
    The Healing of Mis

    TIRESIAS: A POEM (1971)

    Tiresias

    COLLECTED POEMS (1974)

    The Wooing of Becfola

    Austin Clarke's Notes on the Poems
    Bibliography
    Index of Titles
    Index of First Lines




    Austin Clarke
    Austin Clarke was born in Dublin in 1896, and educated at University College Dublin where he became an assistant lecturer in 1917, the year in which his first collection of poems, The Vengeance of Fionn, was published. He subsequently lost the lectureship and in 1922 went to England, where he ... read more
    R. Dardis Clarke
    R. Dardis Clarke was a well-loved Dublin journalist, author, editor and former chairman of Poetry Ireland. He was the youngest of the Irish poet Austin Clarke's three sons. He died in 2013. ... read more
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