Songs of Myself
Thomas MacDonagh's fourth collection of poems.
This collection is MacDonagh’s fourth collection of poetry after Through the Ivory Gate (1902), April, May and Other Verse (1903), The Golden Joy (1906). According to Lawrence William White, even if borrowing its title from Walt Whitman, Songs of Myself showcases the ‘intensely subjective poetic voice characteristic of MacDonagh’s oeuvre, in preference to a Whitmanesque identification of the self with the representative man’. Johann A. Norstedt notes that this poetic work is one of MacDonagh’s more accomplished collections, displaying a commitment to devising a more original style. The poems in Songs of Myself reflect significant moments in his life such as the death of his mother and his journey to Paris during the summer of 1910. The collection includes frequently cited poems such as ‘John-John’ and ‘Envoi’.
MacDonagh, Thomas. Literature in Ireland. Studies in Irish and Anglo-Irish Literature. Dublin: Talbot Press, 1916. Print.
Norstedt, Johann A.. Thomas MacDonagh. A Critical Biography. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1980. Print.
White, Lawrence William. "MacDonagh, Thomas". Dictionary of Irish Biography. (Ed.) James McGuire, James Quinn. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2009. Web.
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- April 29, 2015
- The Literary Career of Thomas MacDonagh
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- Poetry, Thomas MacDonagh
- Thomas MacDonagh (1878-1916), “Songs of Myself,” Revival to Revolution: The Literary Career of Thomas MacDonagh, accessed April 25, 2018, http://revival2revolution.omeka.net/items/show/2.