Poem Sampler

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Classic and contemporary poems to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

by The Editors
<span>Corned Beef and Cabbage</span>

Whether you’re homesick for your bonny isle or you’re only Irish one day a year, here are some poems to help you mark St. Patrick’s Day. Transport yourself to the homeland with a classic by Yeats, such as “Down By the Sally Gardens” or a Celtic revival poem by Eva Gore-Booth. Follow up with contemporary Irish verse, “Game Night,” by Conor O’Callaghan. If you’re celebrating with spirits, you might down another one by Yeats, “Drinking Song,” or try a shot of Hayden Carruth’s “Scrambled Eggs & Whiskey.” But don’t forget to come back in the morning for your penance: “Sober Song,” by Barton Sutter might help dry you out.


Down By the Sally Gardens
William Butler Yeats

The Lake Isle of Innisfree
William Butler Yeats

The Lost Land
Eavan Boland

The Little Waves of Breffny
Eva Gore-Booth

James Joyce

Game Night
Conor O’Callaghan

A Drinking Song
William Butler Yeats

Scrambled Eggs and Whiskey
Hayden Carruth

Sober Song
Barton Sutter

St. Patrick’s Day: With an Irish Shamrock
Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna

St. Patrick’s Day
Eliza Cook

St. Patrick’s Day
Jean Blewett

Easter Week
Joyce Kilmer

Corned Beef and Cabbage
Geroge Bilgere




Originally Published: March 14, 2012


On April 30, 2012 at 1:22pm Malay wrote:
That was a great poem. I think you showed the fmliay struggle well and that some chasms are difficult to cross but worth it sometimes to learn who you are. Have a great day.


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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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