The Complete Poems by Francis Ledwidge - PDF and EPUB eBook

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An Irish nationalist and poet, Ledwidge was the protege of Lord Dunsany, to whom he sent a volume of his poetry in 1911. He...

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Details of The Complete Poems

Exact title of the book
The Complete Poems
Book author
Francis Ledwidge
Book edition
Paperback
Number of pages
288 pages
Language
English
Published
September 30th 2002 by Fredonia Books (NL)
File size (in PDF)
1152 kB
The Complete Poems

Some brief overview of book

An Irish nationalist and poet, Ledwidge was the protege of Lord Dunsany, to whom he sent a volume of his poetry in 1911. He signed up with the Irish Volunteers to fight with the British in WWI and while serving abroad on active duty a volume of fifty of his poems published as Songs of the Field. While recovering wounded in Manchester in 1916 he received news of the Easter Rising in Dublin and the executions of nationalist leaders that followed it.

Dejected, in response he wrote his best-known poem in honor of the executed nationalist leader and a close friend, Thomas McDonagh. He was killed at Flanders in the Battle of Ypres in 1917. The book features two introductions written by Lord Dunsany, Ledwidge's mentor, one to Songs of the Field and the other to Songs of Peace from 1914 and 1916 respectively.