by John Quinn
Francis Ledwidge has a psecial place in the hearts of poetry lovers across the globe thanks to the ubiquity of his most endurung and affecting work, 'Thomas McDonagh'. In A Little Book of Ledwidge, John Quinn offers a timely introduction to the Meath-born 'poet of the blackbird', who died during the third Battle of Ypres, on 31 July 1917, just weeks before his thirieth birthday.
By choosing an inspiring selection of Ledwidge's own poetry, as well as touching letters to those closest to him, John Quinn illuminates the many facets of Ledwidge's personality, both as poet and war hero. A Little Book of Ledwidge also includes snapshots from Ledwidge's brother Joe, patron Lord Dunsany and a moving assessment by Seamus Heaney, who invites the reader to embrace the legacy of a 'tender, beautiful figure, walking in a mist of melancholy'.
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Date of Publication: 12/04/2017