Arans

Photo Feature: Inis Mór (Ireland)

In 1896, a peripatetic J M Synge met his fellow Irishman, W B Yeats, who told him, reportedly, "Go to the Aran Islands, and find a life that has never been expressed in literature.” Synge took the advice, spending five consecutive summers on The Arans, and writing a definitive work called ‘The Aran Islands’.

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Weekend Poem: Clearances by Seamus Heaney (RIP)

Clearances was about his mother's death. Being the oldest of nine children and having experienced sibling death early in the family, he had a special bond with both his parents and, as we see in this poem, particularly his mother. She was a plain and pragmatic woman, from a family of mill-workers, growing up during the Ulster industrial revolution.

Weekend Poem: The Composer Says This Is How We Should Live Our Lives by Patricia Fargnoli

Patricia Fargnoli was the New Hampshire Poet Laureate from December 2006 to March 2009. This lyrical poem is from a collection titled Duties of the Spirit. Ilya Kaminsky has described this collection as: ..... filled with names, situations, invocations, animals, human characters of strangers and dear ones, dying and staying alive at whatever’s the cost. Though … Continue reading Weekend Poem: The Composer Says This Is How We Should Live Our Lives by Patricia Fargnoli