Patrick Kavanagh, "In Memory of My Father"
Patrick Kavanagh (1905–1967) was born in Inniskeen, County Monaghan. After
leaving school at an early age he worked as a laborer, a farmer, and an
apprentice cobbler. At the age of twenty-five he set out to walk to Dublin, but
did not take up residence there until 1939. In Dublin he became a journalist,
writing reviews for the Irish Times, Irish Independent, and
Irish Press. He edited and wrote for the short-lived Kavanagh's
Weekly, which he published with his brother, Peter Kavanagh. His
collections of poetry include The Ploughman and Other Poems (1936),
The Great Hunger (1942), A Soul for Sale (1947), Come Dance
with Kitty Stobling (1960), and Collected Poems (1964). His
Complete Poems were published posthumously, in 1972.
"In Memory of My Father"