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By Mairead Ashe FitzGerald

Ireland's Easter 1916 emerging used to be led through a mixture of squaddies and alternate unions but in addition visionaries and writers. This choice of poems includes the goals and visions of freedom and nationhood for eire by means of those artists, targeting prior to, 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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THE MOTHER I do not grudge them: Lord, I do not grudge My two strong sons that I have seen go out To break their strength and die, they and a few, In bloody protest for a glorious thing, They shall be spoken of among their people, The generations shall remember them, And call them blessed; But I will speak their names to my own heart In the long nights; The little names that were familiar once Round my dead hearth. Lord, thou art hard on mothers: We suffer in their coming and their going; And tho’ I grudge them not, I weary, weary Of the long sorrow—And yet I have my joy: My sons were faithful, and they fought.

Thomas MacDonagh and Muriel Gifford were married in 1912 and they had two children, Donagh and Barbara. Muriel, who came from a Protestant Unionist family in Dublin, was an artist. Her sister was Grace Gifford, who was to marry Joseph Plunkett in Kilmainham Jail shortly before his execution. MacDonagh was a literary innovator and critic, arguing for the individuality of national and cultural traditions. He made an immense contribution to the study and development of Irish literature in English.

He made an immense contribution to the study and development of Irish literature in English. He believed that Irish writing must find a new separate identity in a time of transition, influenced by the Irish way of speech and by Irish music. His book Literature in Ireland is regarded as one of the most important works of literary criticism written in Ireland in the twentieth century. He was one of the founders of The Irish Review, an influential journal devoted to art and literature. He found time to act as manager to the Irish Theatre, which was founded by Joseph Plunkett and Edward Martyn.

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