The Placeless Heaven: Another Look at Kavanagh
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In 1939, the year that Patrick Kavanagh arrived in Dublin, an aunt of mine planted a chestnut in a jamjar. When it began to sprout she broke the jar and made a hole and transplanted the thing under a hedge in front of the house. Over the years, the seedling shot up into a young tree that kept rising taller and taller above the boxwood hedge. And over the years I came to identify my own life with the life of the chestnut tree.
KeywordsChestnut Tree Existential Choice Home Ground Collect Poem Early Poem
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