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Laugh at Gilded Butterflies: A Selection of Favourite Poems

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A selection of favourite poems that will enable readers to 'experience the delight that a true poem can bring before the minds eye.


In this selection of verse by some of the worlds finest poets, Ulick O'Connor notes that its because it breathes magic that real poetry is so rare it can bring a scene up before the mind so that you can almost see and smell it. Poets chosen in this volume include those from a wide variety of genres Irish and non-Irish, household names and the relatively obscure and Ulick also provides a short commentary on each poem, its background and author.

Laugh at Gilded Butterflies will be a treasure for any reader of poetry and, as Ulick notes, readers may experience the delight that a true poem can bring before the minds eye. Poems featured include:

  • Shancoduff by Patrick Kavanag
  • St. Francis and the Birds by Seamus Heaney
  • Never Give All the Heart by W.B. Yeats
  • Aubade by Philip Larkin
  • For My Mother by Christy Brown
  • The Prelude by William Wordsworth
  • A Jackeen Says Goodbye to the Blaskets by Brendan Behan
  • Fern Hill by Dylan Thomas
  • Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost
  • Clare Coast by Emily Lawless,
  • Macavity: The Mystery Cat by T.S. Eliot

and many more.

About the Author

Ulick O'Connors' books include Oliver St. John Gogarty, Brendan Behan and the much-praised Celtic Dawn, a portrait of the Irish literary renaissance. In 2001 his Diaries were published in London by John Murray, Byrons publisher.

Roger Lewis in The Mail on Sunday wrote:

'I am wholly under the spell of this peerless chronicler. A Tristram Shandyistic antidote to prissy old diarists such as James Lees-Milne and Harold Nicholson'.

The Times Literary Supplement said:

'These Diaries are of permanent historical value and evoke a Dublin now largely vanished'. His one-man shows have been staged at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin and in Britain, Europe and the United States. His Irish Civil War play Execution was described by the Evening Standard as dynamite, his play Joyicity by the New York Times as supreme, and his translation of Baudelaires 'Les Fleurs du mal' was hailed by a Director of the French Academy as the best so far, a recreation of a new poem. He is an authority on the Japanese Noh play and a keen social observer, and has been a champion boxer, an Irish record-breaking pole-vaulter and a first class rugby player."

Additional Information

Additional Information

Author No
Editor Ulick O'Connor
Print Format Hardback
ISBN-10 1905785356
ISBN-13 978-1-905785-35-3
Illustrations No
Date of Publication December 2007
Number of Pages 220

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