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Stony Grey Soil Analysis

Author: poem of Patrick Kavanagh Type: poem Views: 10

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O stony grey soil of Monaghan

The laugh from my love you thieved;

You took the gay child of my passion

And gave me your clod-conceived.


You clogged the feet of my boyhood

And I believed that my stumble

Had the poise and stride of Apollo

And his voice my thick tongued mumble.

You told me the plough was immortal!

O green-life conquering plough!

The mandrill stained, your coulter blunted

In the smooth lea-field of my brow.

You sang on steaming dunghills

A song of cowards' brood,

You perfumed my clothes with weasel itch,

You fed me on swinish food

You flung a ditch on my vision

Of beauty, love and truth.

O stony grey soil of Monaghan

You burgled my bank of youth!

Lost the long hours of pleasure

All the women that love young men.

O can I still stroke the monster's back

Or write with unpoisoned pen.

His name in these lonely verses

Or mention the dark fields where

The first gay flight of my lyric

Got caught in a peasant's prayer.

Mullahinsa, Drummeril, Black Shanco-

Wherever I turn I see

In the stony grey soil of Monaghan

Dead loves that were born for me.

Submitted by Andrew Mayers


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I\'ve always remembered this poem from my school years as being, well, slightly pathetic. I never really thought much of this poem as there\'s no depth to the verses - one can almost imagine him scrawling it down in one sitting, working with the first rhyming words that came to mind, much as one would do for homework as a child. One can admire his self-deprecating honesty on one hand, but on the other, it is nothing more than a rhyming lament to what he wished he might have been had he not been born into the parochial/farmer\'s life that was to be his lot for the formative years of his life.

| Posted on 2010-08-16 | by a guest

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This poem is slightly depressing. It is basically saying how Monaghan ruined his childhood and his life.

| Posted on 2010-04-21 | by a guest

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