By Mairead Ashe FitzGerald
Ireland's Easter 1916 emerging was once led by means of a mixture of squaddies and alternate unions but additionally visionaries and writers. This choice of poems comprises the goals and visions of freedom and nationhood for eire by way of those artists, concentrating on sooner 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 lots of extra.
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Illustrations were often supplied from paintings by Æ. Three stories by James Joyce were first printed in The Irish Homestead, a whole decade before they were published as part of Dubliners. The workers’ strike and the Great Lockout drew a passionate response from Æ as he publicly lambasted William Martin Murphy during the Dublin Lockout in 1913. Æ’s response to the Easter Rising was one of admiration for the leaders and of hope for an independent and self-sufficient Ireland. He was unaware of the events in Dublin in Easter week 1916 as he was in County Clare visiting his friend, the genealogist Edward MacLysaght, and painting in the woods at Raheen.
And said—The Ligurian fought in his day,— In vain, in vain! Rome triumphs. He left his friends to the fight, And their victory passed away, And he like a star that flames and falls in the night. But after another year they came to him again, And said—Lead us forth again. Come with us again. But still he answered them—You strive against fate in vain. They said—Our race is old. We would not have it pass. Ere Rome began we are, a gentle people of old, Unsavage when all were wild. And he—How Egypt was old in the days that were old, Yet is passed, and we pass.
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. Born a Presbyterian in Lurgan, County Armagh, he grew up in Dublin and from his youth he was committed to independence for Ireland. It was while attending the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art that he met WB Yeats, who became a lifelong friend. In order to earn a living, Æ spent a decade working as a cashier in Pim’s, a department store in South Great George’s Street, but he was better known as a large-minded and gentle intellectual at the centre of the Irish literary revival in Dublin.