The Great Hunger Poem into Play Essays and Texts in


  • Paperback
  • 90 pages
  • The Great Hunger Poem into Play Essays and Texts in Cultural History
  • Peter Kavanagh
  • English
  • 05 October 2016
  • 9780946640324

10 thoughts on “The Great Hunger Poem into Play Essays and Texts in Cultural History

  1. Eva S.Ar. Eva S.Ar. says:

    4 out 5 starsThis has been a very pleasant first experience with Kavanagh's work Other than The Great Hunger which was the main event the peoms I liked best were Shancoduff To the Man After The Harrow October and Canal Bank WalkWhile reading the book I was reminded of Heaney's own naturalistic style After some research lo and behold Heaney himself has admitted to being influenced by Kavanagh's poetry after Michael McLaverty introduced him to his workBack to The Great Hunger now It is a poem in fourteen parts that follows the life of Maguire a farmer of the Irish countryside It becomes evident that the protagonist is disatisfied and unfulfilled in his life which consists mostly of taking care of agricultural activities and looking after his land In The Great Hunger Kavanagh gives ua some of the best rural imagery relating to land I've come across; harrowung has never seemed interesting Maguire is trapped in his predicament but unwilling to change as years go by In this vicious circle he hungers for the different the exciting the unknown an escape that doesn't comeIn this way Kavanagh goes in great length to refute the archetype of the romantic ish Irishman peasant which had been very prevalent in the country's literary cycles and to highlight the internal tragedy of such a futile existence He gives us a sense of life as it is rather than how some like to look at it I read somewhere that the uest for authenticity was a central theme of Kavanagh's work going as far as to be openly critical of the affected ways of some of his contemporariesAnyway this review is entirely too long because I am excited I'm looking forward to reading of the author's work especially Tarry FlynnHappy readingPS I will link some resources about Kavanagh and his work and The Great Hunger in particular


  2. Dane Cobain Dane Cobain says:

    I’ve never read any of Kavanagh’s poetry before so this was a great way for me to get into him and to discover what his work is all about He’s a bridge between modern and classical poetry Awesome


  3. Paul Paul says:

    A much better experience than the first two poetry collections in the Penguin Modern Classics series Ginsburg and Stein in that these poems were actually intelligible Not necessarily easy mind you but letting the waves of words wash over me I could picture clearly the rural Irish setting Kavanagh intended to conveyThe title poem is lengthy and freuently beautiful Its title evokes the potato famine but in fact it describes the feelings of an Irish farmer whose life has passed by and left him with no one for company but his overbearing mother and bitter sister I'm not a poetry guy but this was an engaging and poignant collection from a poet of whom I'd never heard before


  4. Dane Cobain Dane Cobain says:

    I’ve never read any of Kavanagh’s poetry before so this was a great way for me to get into him and to discover what his work is all about He’s a bridge between modern and classical poetry Awesome


  5. Peter Peter says:

    Not bad not bad at all An enjoyable first encounter with this highly regarded irish poetMore please


  6. Bruce Bruce says:

    Kavanagh’s long poem was published in 1942 and features the anti hero Patrick Maguire It is a poem largely in free verse although Kavanagh experiments with a variety of forms rhymes and meters Mirroring the common pattern in Ireland for men to delay marriage until they can make their small farms prosper often delaying so long that they never married at all this poem explores a process of such sinking into despair impotence and isolation of Patrick and his spinster sister Mary Anne both under the thrall of their mother even after she is long dead and the oppressive omnipresence of the Church Kavanagh effectively captures the deadening and sterile aspects of such a life as lives sink into meaninglessnessLater Tom MacIntyre used the poem to create a play with the same characters using as his dialogue lines from the poem Yet the play is truly action than speech reminding me of the works of Samuel Beckett with which it seems akin in its hopelessness and futility


  7. mwpm mwpm says:

    IClay is the word and clay is the fleshWhere the potato gatherers like mechanised scarecrows moveAlong the side fall of the hill Maguire and his menIf we watch them an hour is there anything we can proveOf life as it is broken backed over the BookOf Death? Here crows gabble over worms and frogsAnd the gulls like old newspapers are blown clear of the hedges luckilyIs there some light of imagination in these wet clods?Or why do we stand here shivering?Which of these menLoved the light and the ueenToo long virgin? Yesterday was summer Who was it promised marriage to himselfBefore apples were hung from the ceilings for Hallowe'en?We will wait and watch the tragedy to the last curtainTill the last soul passively like a bag of wet clayRolls down the side of the hill diverted by the anglesWhere the plough missed or a spade stands straitening the wayA dog lying on a torn jacket under a heeled up cartA horse nosing along the posied headland trailingA rusty plough Three heads hanging between wide apart legsOctober playing a symphony on a slack wire palingMaguire watches the drills flattened outAnd the flints that lit a candle for him on a June altarFlameless The drills slipped by and the days slipped byAnd he trembled his head away and ran free from the world's halterAnd thought himself wiser than any man in the townlandWhen he laughed over pints of porterOf how he came free from every net spreadIn the gaps of experience He shook a knowing headAnd pretended to his soulThat children are tedious in hurrying fields of AprilWhere men are spanning across wide furrowsLost in the passion that never needs a wifeThe pricks that pricked were the pointed pins of harrowsChildren scream so loud that the crows could bringThe seed of an acre away with crow rude jeersPatrick Maguire he called his dog and he flung a stone in the airAnd hallooed the birds away that were the birds of the yearsTurn over the weedy clods and tease out the tangled skeinsWhat is he looking for there?He thinks it is a potato but we know betterThan his mud gloved fingers probe in this insensitive hair'Move forward the basket and balance it steadyIn this hollow Pull down the shafts of that cart JoeAnd straddle the horse' Maguire calls'The wind's over Brannagan's now that means rainGraip up some withered stalks and see that no potato fallsOver the tail board going down the ruckety pass And that's a job we'll have to do in DecemberGravel it and build a kerb on the bog side Is that Cassidy's assOut in my clover? Curse o' GodWhere is that dog?Never where he's wanted' Maguire grunts and spitsThrough a clay wattled moustache and stares about him from the heightHis dream changes like the cloud swung windAnd he is not so sure now if his mother was rightWhen she praised the man who made a field his brideWatch him watch him that man on a hill whose spiritIs a wet sack flapping about the knees of timeHe lives that his little fields may stay fertile when his own bodyIs spread in the bottom of a ditch under two coulters crossed in Christ's NameHe was suspicious in his youth as a rat near strange breadWhen girls laughed; when they screamed he knew that meantThe cry of fillies in season He could not walkThe easy road to destiny He dreamtThe innocence of young brambles to hooked treacheryO the grip O the grip of irregular fields No man escapesIt could not be that back of the hills love was freeAnd ditches straightNo monster hand lifted up children and put down apesAs here 'O God if I had been wiser'That was his sigh like the brown breeze in the thistlesHe looks towards his house and haggard 'O God if I had been wiser'But now a crumpled leaf from the whitethorn bushesDarts like a frightened robin and the fenceShows the green of after grass through a little windowAnd he knows that his own heart is calling his mother a liarGod's truth is life even the grotesue shapes of his foulest fireThe horse lifts its head and cranesThrough the whins and stonesTo lip late passion in the crawling cloverIn the gap there's a bush weighted with boulders like moralityThe fools of life bleed if they climb overThe wind leans from Brady's and the coltsfoot leaves are holed with rustRain fills the cart tracks and the sole plate grooves;A yellow sun reflects in DonaghmoyneThe poignant light in puddles shaped by hoovesCome with me Imagination into this iron houseAnd we will watch from the doorway the years run backAnd we will know what a peasant's left hand wrote on the pageBe easy October No cackle hen horse neigh tree sough duck uackRead the full text here


  8. Sara Sara says:

    I'm sorry for the bad review Mr Kavanagh but I understood not even half of what you where talking about D Maybe I'll give it another go if I find a translation


  9. Pippa Pippa says:

    If I'm being honest this book left me a bit dissapointed Being marketed as a writer who transformed Irish verse I was instantly hooked For someone who without being able to give you an explanation why that is loves Ireland and on top of that loves poetry I expected something marvellous However I found most of the poems in here to be a bit vague and just not to my liking The one I did love though was 'October' I thought his writing would be like how it was in that poem and less of what it actually was 'The great hunger' didn't feel like a poemverse but like a short story a bedtime story that has been written down This was a bit of a let down Nevertheless I still managed to highlight some lovely lines so all in all it wasn't a complete disaster I don't want to insult anybody but for me there was a little bit too much 'god' in here Now don't go all angry at me because yes I know that 1 This is set in Ireland a historically religious country and 2 The time in which Kavanagh wrote this gives enough explanation as for why there is so much about that However for someone who doesn't really care I am not raised religiously so I do not care in that sense about all of that it made me connect less with the poems and therefore like them less as well Maybe if I would have gone into this without any expectations and presumptions it would have had a higher rating


  10. Cookie-doing-a-read Cookie-doing-a-read says:

    Read this beauty again Fave bits The Great Hunger VI In Memory of My Mother October Canal Bank Walkluf


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About the Author: Peter Kavanagh

Born in Hunger Poem PDF/EPUB ä Hinckley Leicstershire Moved to Ballymoney County Antrim Education at Dalriada Grammar School eight O levels three A levels Foundation Course at the Ulster Polytechnic Belfast Graphic design education at Somerset College of Arts and Technology regional diploma and membership of the SIAD Graphic designer at Video Graffiti Milton Keynes wor.