RIP John Montague

Cruimh

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One of the great poets -

Irish poet John Montague dies in France aged 87

Could be cranky, especially about copyright - Some fabulous poems

Steve Ely - Poem Of The Week (The Rough Field)

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A DRINK OF MILK


In the girdered dark
of the byre, cattle move;
warm engines hushed
to a siding groove


before the switch flicks
down for milking.
In concrete partitions
they rattle their chains


while the farmhand eases
rubber tentacles to tug
lightly but rhythmically
on their swollen dugs


and up the pale cylinders
of the milking machine
mounts an untouched
steadily pulsing stream.


Only the tabby steals
to dip its radar whiskers
with old fashioned relish
in a chipped saucer

and before Séan lurches
to kick his boots off
in the night-silent kitchen
he draws a mug of froth


to settle on the sideboard
under the hoard of delft.
A pounding transistor shakes
the Virgin on her shelf


as he dreams towards bed.
A last glance at a magazine,
he puts the mug to his head,
grunts, and drains it clean.
John Montague, from Modern Irish Poetry , An Anthology, Edited by Patrick Crotty
 


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One of the great poets -

Irish poet John Montague dies in France aged 87

Could be cranky, especially about copyright - Some fabulous poems

Steve Ely - Poem Of The Week (The Rough Field)

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John Montague, from Modern Irish Poetry , An Anthology, Edited by Patrick Crotty
One of the most significant Irish English-language poets of the 20th century. He came from the same background and during the same time period as Seamus Heaney and covered many of the same themes but there was a flintier realism to his works in comparison with Heaney's more lyrical use of words. Both were products of a reasonably prosperous rural Catholic background that valued education as an avenue of advancement past the obstacles placed by the Stormont regime but Montague dealt with it far more directly than Heaney.

The most striking feature of Montague's poetry is the punchy power he can get into desriptive passage. His use of rhyme, faux-rhyme, metre, cadence and sound to create an entire dimension of sound around the written word carries the tradition of the old Gaelic poets into a modern context.
 

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Death of a Chieftain ...............R.I.P
 

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One of the great poets -

Irish poet John Montague dies in France aged 87

Could be cranky, especially about copyright - Some fabulous poems

Steve Ely - Poem Of The Week (The Rough Field)

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John Montague, from Modern Irish Poetry , An Anthology, Edited by Patrick Crotty
I saw the pope breaking stones on Friday
A blind parson sewing a patchwork quilt,
Two bishops cutting rushes with their croziers,
Roaring Meg firing rosary beads for cannonballs,
Corks in boats afloat on the summit of the Sperrins,
A severed head speaking with a grafted tongue,
A snail paring Royal Avenue with a hatchet,
British troops firing on the Shankill,
A mill and a forge on the back of a cuckoo,
The fox sitting conceitedly at a window chewing tobacco,
And a curlew in flight
surveying
a United Ireland.
From your link, love it, will be reading more...
 


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