The planter’s daughter

The planter's daughter
One must not confuse one Austin Clarke with the other one. This article is about the poem The planter's daughter written by the Irish poet Austin Clarke. The poem is about the daughter of a local landlord.

One must not confuse one Austin Clarke with the other one. This article is about the poem The planter’s daughter written by the Irish poet Austin Clarke. The poem is about the daughter of a local landlord.

Austin Clarke, Austin Clarke and Austin Clarke

Confusion! Who is the Austin Clarke we are referring to? There are probably many men who were given this name. Only three of them can be considered famous at some point. This is not about the Canadian novelist Austin Clarke (1896-1945) or the other Austin Clarke (1934-2016), who was also a novelist. This is about the Irish poet Austin Clarke, who lived from 1896 till 1974.

Clarke was born in Dublin and would become one of the most influential Irish poets at his time. He also was responsible for various plays and novels. His poetry consists of half rhyme and complex patterns. He was greatly influenced by William Butler Yeats, at least at the beginning of his literary career.

His career in theatre was between 1938 and 1955. Before and after this period, his focus was on writing poetry. After 1955, he was inspired by the avant-garde poets, such as Pablo Neruda and Ezra Pound.

After his death (March 19, 1974), his house ā€“ Bridge House ā€“ was demolished, making way for a bridge. This bridge still has the name The Austin Clarke Bridge and can be found in Templeogue, a suburb of Dublin.

About the poem

Oh, she is way out of reach! She is the daughter of a planter, a local landlord. She is however someone who the poet is very fond of. In love maybe. She was just like a Sunday and very down-to-earth. A beautiful written poem.

The planter's daughter

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 ā€“
As a bell that is rung
Or a wonder told shyly,
And O she was the Sunday
In every week.

— Austin Clarke

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