Part of the Poems on the Underground, a poster print of the poem 'I am Raftery the Poet' by Lady Augusta Gregory.
Size: 61cm x 28cm
Mise Raifteiri an File / I am Raftery the Poet
I am Raftery the poet, full of hope and love; with eyes without light,
with gentleness without misery.
going west on my journey with the light of my heart; weak and tired
to the end of my road.
I am now, and my back to a wall, playing music to empty pockets.
About the author:
Isabella Augusta, Lady Gregory (1852 – 1932) was an Irish dramatist, folklorist and theatre manager. With she co-founded the Irish Literary Theatre and the Abbey Theatre, and wrote numerous short works for both companies. Lady Gregory produced a number of books of retellings of stories taken from Irish mythology. Born into a class that identified closely with British rule, her conversion to cultural nationalism, as evidenced by her writings, was emblematic of many of the political struggles to occur in Ireland during her lifetime. Lady Gregory is mainly remembered for her work behind the Irish Literary Revival. Her home at Coole Park, Co. Galway served as an important meeting place for leading Revival figures, and her early work as a member of the board of the Abbey was at least as important for the theatre's development as her creative writings.