A Middle-Aged Orpheus Looks Back At His Life

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  • "Gabriel Fitzmaurice takes the tried-and-tested sonnet and gives it a new lease of life with distinct rhythms and themes. An accessible and unpretentious collection from this 'master of the sonnet form’.” —Eugene O’Connell, Southword

Meet The Author

Gabriel Fitzmaurice was born in 1952, in Moyvane, County Kerry where he still lives. For over thirty years he taught in the local primary school, from which he retired as principal in 2007. He is the author of more than fifty books, including collections of poetry in both English and Irish, as well as several collections of verse for children. He has translated extensively from Irish into English and has edited a number of poetry anthologies in both languages. He frequently broadcasts on radio and television on education and the arts.

A collection that celebrates the extraordinary in the ordinary, this book pays homage to the small community of Moyvane, County Kerry where Gabriel was brought up and where he has lived all of his life. He looks back on changes in the community, and tackles themes such as religion, politics, conflict, emigration, sport, music, art, and his love of the Irish language. He successfully balances the tensions of a humorous light touch and a gravity of tone, depending on each sonnet’s theme. He writes convincingly about romance and relationships, as well as the cyclical nature of life: birth, parenthood, sickness, old age, and death. This volume of new and selected sonnets celebrates the banal and the unglamorous, transforming the everyday into something quite special.

Weight 0.121 kg