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Complete Poems of Francis Ledwidge

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Francis Ledwidge was a poet whose work captured the beauty and tragedy of his native Ireland during the early 20th century. His Complete Poems showcase the depth of his talent, covering themes such as nature, war, love, and loss.

Ledwidge's poems are marked by their lyrical language and imagery, which paint vivid pictures of the landscapes and people that he encountered. His verses are both heartfelt and poignant, offering a glimpse into the struggles and joys of daily life.

One of the most striking aspects of Ledwidge's poetry is his ability to evoke a sense of nostalgia and longing. Whether he is describing the rugged beauty of the Irish countryside or reflecting on the horrors of war, his words have a haunting quality that stays with the reader long after the final lines have been read.

Overall, the Complete Poems of Francis Ledwidge is a captivating collection that showcases the breadth of his talent as a poet. With its timeless themes and exquisite language, this book is a must-read for anyone who appreciates the power of poetry to illuminate the human experience.

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Francis Ledwidge, Irish poet, served in an Irish battalion of the British Army during World War I. His first volume of poems was published while he served, in 1915; two more were published posthumously, and were followed by this collection of complete works in 1919. He and five comrades had been killed by an exploding shell during the third battle of Ypres . His poems reflect his love for his native rural countryside, tinged with loss arising from the war. From his frequent use of a blackbird motif, he was known as the "Poet of the Blackbird." Of him, the poet John Drinkwater wrote: "His poetry exults me, while not so his death.... to those who know what poetry is, the untimely death of a man like Ledwidge is nothing but calamity." - Summary by Nemo

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