In Ireland

In Ireland they do laud their literary greats
Such as Joyce and Beckett and Heaney and Yeats
But their National Bard James Clarence Mangan seldom mentioned at all
And few do speak of Patrick MacGill of Donegal
Patrick Cavanagh, James Stephens, Etna Carbery and Austin Clarke
In Irish Literature they did leave their mark
And of the praises of the great Oscar Wilde Irish literary critics do not sing
His works nowadays in Ireland are not the in thing
He is better known elsewhere than in Ireland today
Of Literature in Ireland what does this say
The works of O Casey and Synge today in Ireland not well known
Though they were true Irish and of Ireland's own
The literary critics of Ireland have their chosen few
You may say to that do tell us what is new.

by Francis Duggan

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