Everything to Play for

Everything to Play for : 99 Poems About Sport

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Poems by Paul Durcan, Vona Groarke, Seamus Heaney, Patrick Kavanagh, Brendan Kennelly, Michael Longley, Louis MacNeice, Sinéad Morrissey, Paul Muldoon, Enda Wyley, and more. Sport has long been at the heart of Irish life. It is one of the ways in which we stay in touch and keep talking: a kind of knot that binds one generation to another. It s hardly surprising that so many great poets have been inspired to write about it. ,i>Everything to Play For: 99 Poems about Sport includes poems that celebrate the feats of sporting heroes, like Billy Ramsell s lament for the great hurler Christy Ring, Theo Dorgan s tribute to Sonia O Sullivan, or the huge muscled fighters of Patrick Kavanagh s A Knight at the Tournament . Other poems, like WB Yeats s At Galway Races and Louis MacNeice s Rugby Football Excursion capture the intoxicating sense of shared existence at sporting events; the electric atmosphere of a sportsground on a Sunday afternoon. Also included are more inwardlooking poems, such as Elaine Feeney s memories of a teenaged infatuation in Ryan Giggs is a Ride', or Paul Durcan s description of the companionship of an impromptu table tennis game with his friend Seamus Heaney. Not forgetting of course the pleasures and frustrations of our own participation in sport. Colette Bryce reminds us in Great North , that, Although we may have bolted from that sad cliff of our imminent decline, we are not Paula Radcliffe , while Sinéad Morrissey rhapsodises on the dream-like experience of underwater swimming in Forty Lengths . John O Donnell chose the title Poetry for his poem about golf. It aptly sums up why we love sport, and why sport and poetry make such a great team: And sometimes the little click when things go right: The sweet sound that keeps you coming back .
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  • Hardback | 222 pages
  • 147 x 225 x 24mm | 562g
  • Dublin 2, Ireland
  • English
  • 1902121570
  • 9781902121574
  • 490,459

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