Or a lorry changing gear at the end of the lane. Or a lorry changing gear at the end of the lane. Surreally, we hear the voices of the mushrooms. A thousand mushrooms crowd to a keyhole. Listening to the rooks querulous in the high wood. Dog corners for bone burials;

Curated collections of poems and learning resources. And a door bangs with diminished confidence. Shows there is life yet in their feverish forms. Lime crevices behind rippling rain barrels,

Something of an exile from his native Protestant culture, Mahon was able to view this world from an outsider’s perspective. . They have been waiting for us in a foetor, Since the gravel-crunching, interminable departure, Spiders have spun, flies dusted to mildew, And once a day, perhaps, they have heard something —, A trickle of masonry, a shout from the blue. After graduating, he travelled and worked in Canada, the United States and London, before moving to live in the Republic of Ireland. Lost people of Treblinka and Pompeii! Expectant that there is left only the posture. Some, including “A Disused Shed in County Wexford,” are among Ireland’s best-known verses. They are places where ‘a door bangs with diminished confidence’. A half century, without visitors, in the dark — ‘Elbow room! Grown beyond nature now, soft food for worms,

Who have come so far in darkness and in pain. They have been waiting for us in a foetor Utensils and broken pitchers, groaning ‘Save us, save us,’ they seem to say, golden days, golden moments’. Even now there are places where a thought might grow —.

Of vegetable sweat since civil war days, Personified, they ‘crowd’ towards a keyhole, which is their only source of light, the ‘one star’ in their darkened world. Since the gravel-crunching, interminable departure For their deliverance, have been so long There have been deaths, the pale flesh flaking, And nightmares, born of these and the grim. Page

I tagged along, scrubbed and kempt.’. Elbow room!’ . And in a disused shed in Co. Wexford.

You with your light meter and relaxed itinerary, Mahon’s opening line – ‘Even now there are places where a thought might grow’ - is not only quietly hopeful but it invites us to engage with important themes and, in doing so, insight and understanding might be reached. There have been deaths, the pale flesh flaking They are begging us, you see, in their wordless way, Or frames a star within a star. The rest, dim in a twilight of crumbling They have learnt patience and silence —Seferis, Mythistorema. A New Collected Poems appeared in 2011. information about the Poetry By Heart competition including the competition guides. In his scrupulously crafted poems, Mahon often explored large, universal ideas through the prism of close examination of small, seemingly insignificant details. Farrell. The places mentioned - an abandoned mine in Peru, an empty compound in India, a concentration camp in Treblinka, the Roman city Pompeii, and a disused shed in the grounds of a burnt-out hotel in County Wexford from civil war days - present the reader with a powerful global perspective. It becomes an image of a people lost and desperate. To a slow clock of condensation, laser louts and bouncers, chat shows, paparazzi, We welcome your comments and stories. Spiders have spun, flies dusted to mildew The Troubles in the late 1960s unsettled him: ‘I felt very far from home in those years. Lime crevices behind rippling rain barrels. Media, Let them not forget us, the weak souls among the asphodels. . Indian compounds where the wind dances Reproduced by kind permission of the author and The Gallery Press, Loughcrew, Oldcastle, County Meath, Ireland www.gallerypress.com. In the historical context of loss, exploitation and destruction, the poem reaches out to the neglected and abandoned. There have been deaths, the pale flesh flaking About the poem Deep in the grounds of a burnt-out hotel. And insomnia, only the ghost of a scream — Seferis, Mythistorema. Or the glorious, celebratory line ‘With the world waltzing in its bowl of cloud’. Grown beyond nature now, soft food for worms. Visit our "Media" area to watch, listen and discover more: videos, audio, plus public comments and stories. They have learnt patience and silence Into the earth that nourished it; Derek Mahon by Jemimah Kuhfeld, C-type colour print, July 2009 © National Portrait Gallery, London, Share a First World War poem aloud on Remembrance Day. October 3, 2020 GMT. Of the expropriated mycologist. So many days beyond the rhododendrons His grandfather and father worked in the Harland and Wolff shipyard and the house he grew up in was ‘a quiet house’. Derek Mahon is more interested in his poetry than in his reputation and what interests Mahon is a poetry ‘written by solitaires in the cold, written by solitaires in the open, which is where the human soul really is’. And in a disused shed in Co. Wexford.

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Is a keyhole rusting gently after rain. Spiders have spun, flies dusted to mildew Grown beyond nature now, soft food for worms, Dominion of stale air and rank moisture. | ‘Let the god not abandon us

For the 2020/21 competition and teaching zone, Image © Mahon left Belfast after a year, moved to Dublin then left for London. They are begging us, you see, in their wordless way, To do something, to speak on their behalf.

Images courtesy of Inpho.ie and Getty Images. Those nearest the door growing strong — Poetry By Heart is a national competition in which young people in key stages 2, 3, 4 and 5 choose poems they love, learn them by heart and perform them in a school or college competition.



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