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Favourite Irish Poems
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Favourite Irish Poems

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Favourite Irish Poems

When I was a boy at school, with never a crack in my heart, as Yeats said, an awful lot of learning passed me by. The only thing that stuck for life was a love of music, poetry and literature. To this day I don't remember a single mathematical equation or scientific theory but there is always a slew of poems reeling around in my head at any one time. This is of no particular credit, it just happened that I had a way of learning and retaining words fairly quickly, and once they were learned I seldom forgot them. At the age of eleven I was entered into various competitions and generally did no great harm at them. I have continued this happy relationship with poetry ever since and even during my musical forays over many years and in many places, poems have been an integral part of my performing life. The Irish people have a great love of poetry and a natural turn of phrase that is poetic in itself. Most Irish people could, if requested, recite a number of poems by heart and that is no accident. It is just, I think, and inherent part of our love of language. The Irish poems recited on this recording are some of my favourites. It is purely a random selection of favourite poems and makes no claim to be anything other than that. Please enjoy. Tom Sweeney.

  1. I Am The Mountain Singer
  2. The Boy Remembers His Father
  3. Pegasus
  4. John-John
  5. High And Low
  6. Carrowmore
  7. A Drover
  8. Elegy For A Countryman
  9. The Wild Swans At Coole
  10. Going To Mass On Sunday
  11. Be Still As You Are Beautiful
  12. Long John
  13. The Lake Isle Of Innisfree
  14. Old Michael
  15. The Planter's Daughter
  16. The Song Of Wandering Aengus
  17. A Christmas Childhood
  18. The Fool
  19. A White Rose
  20. The Shawls
  21. A Little Boy In The Morning
  22. When You Are Old And Grey
  23. A Piper
  24. Affinity
  25. The Emigrant
  26. She Walked Unaware
  27. Three Children Near Clonmel
  28. Roses and Rue
  29. Father And Son
  30. He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven
  31. The Old Woman Of The Roads
  32. Last Lines - 1916

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