Poets | Poem of the Day | Top 40 | Search | Comments | Privacy
July 31st, 2015 - we have 234 poets, 8,025 poems and 294,109 comments.
Walt Whitman - Old Ireland.

FAR hence, amid an isle of wondrous beauty, 
Crouching over a grave, an ancient, sorrowful mother, 
Once a queen—now lean and tatter’d, seated on the ground, 
Her old white hair drooping dishevel’d round her shoulders; 
At her feet fallen an unused royal harp,
Long silent—she too long silent—mourning her shrouded hope and heir; 
Of all the earth her heart most full of sorrow, because most full of love. 
  
Yet a word, ancient mother; 
You need crouch there no longer or the cold ground, with forehead between your knees; 
O you need not sit there, veil’d in your old white hair, so dishevel’d;
For know you, the one you mourn is not in that grave; 
It was an illusion—the heir, the son you love, was not really dead; 
The Lord is not dead—he is risen again, young and strong, in another country; 
Even while you wept there by your fallen harp, by the grave, 
What you wept for, was translated, pass’d from the grave,
The winds favor’d, and the sea sail’d it, 
And now with rosy and new blood, 
Moves to-day in a new country.

Share |

Added: Feb 7 2004 | Viewed: 17229 times | Comments and analysis of Old Ireland. by Walt Whitman Comments (58)

Old Ireland. - Comments and Information

Poet: Walt Whitman
Poem: 4. Old Ireland.
Volume: Leaves of Grass
- 11. Leaves of Grass
Year: Published/Written in 1900

Comment 58 of 58, added on May 29th, 2015 at 4:12 PM.
FjoywrcLysJutrXb

XRPXNW My spouse and I stumbled over here different web address and thought I might as well check things out. I like what I see so i am just following you. Look forward to looking into your web page again.

crorkzz from Belarus
Comment 57 of 58, added on May 29th, 2015 at 3:18 AM.
BoyDXiAPPjQdFi

hi2EIh Definitely, what a fantastic website and revealing posts, I surely will bookmark your blog.Best Regards!

crorkzz from Mexico
Comment 56 of 58, added on January 15th, 2015 at 10:33 PM.
daKcvrreFBAehsNWj

S6ULMz Hello.This article was really interesting, especially since I was searching for thoughts on this topic last Wednesday.

crorkz mattz from Moldova

Are you looking for more information on this poem? Perhaps you are trying to analyze it? The poem, Old Ireland., has received 58 comments. Click here to read them, and perhaps post a comment of your own.

Poem Info

Whitman Info
Copyright © 2000-2015 Gunnar Bengtsson. All Rights Reserved. Links