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Stony Grey Soil Analysis

Author: Poetry of Patrick Kavanagh Type: Poetry Views: 209

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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 foodYou 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.


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What Kavanagh is saying in this poem is that his attachment to the land took from him his youth,his loss of love, his strength and in the end he had nothing to give to anything else.He is left feeling bitter towards the land yet remembering that it was here that his first poems took flight and that it was that same land that gave him his inspiration. Despite all this he still loves this land .

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