Patrick Kavanagh Poems

Patrick Kavanagh was an Irish poet and novelist. His best-known novel is Tarry Flynn, set in the 1930s in Ireland. His work engages with themes like family, home life, and life in Ireland. He died in November 1967 at the age of 63.

Irish Poets Open Your Eyes

by Patrick Kavanagh

In ‘Irish Poets Open Your Eyes’ Kavanagh suggests pursuits which his fellow poets could undertake to keep their writing more accessible to a contemporary audience.

Irish poets open your eyes,

Even Cabra can surprise;

Try the dog-tracks every now and then -

Shelbourne Park and crooked men.

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