Austin Clarke was born in Dublin in 1896. He studied under traditional gaelic lecturers, and became a lecturer himself when one teacher was executed in the 1916 Rising.

Clarke used many techniques in his own poetry which he took from gaelic traditions. One of his more famous poems is The Planter's Daughter. In it he celebrates her beauty, and holds her on a pedestal as an angel of God.

The Planter's Daughter

When night stirred at sea
And the fire brought a crowd in,
They say that her beauty
Was music in mouth
And few in the candlelight
Thought her too proud,
For the house of the planter
Is known by the trees.

Men that had seen her
Drank deep and were silent,
The women were speaking
Wherever she went -
As a bell that is rung
Or a wonder told shyly,
And O she was the Sunday
In every week.


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