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Popular Irish poet and novelist Brendan Kennelly was born in the small village of Ballylongford, County Kerry, on April 17, 1936. His father owned a pub, and, as a child, Kennelly would listen to patrons singingread more
Do not torment me, woman, let us set our minds at one; you to be my mate in Ireland, and let us put our arms around each other.
Set your strawberry-coloured mouth against my mouth, O skin like foam; stretch your lime-white rounded arm about me, in spite of all our discord.
Slender graceful girl, be no longer inconstant to me; admit me, soft slender one, to your bed, let us stretch our bodies side by side.
As I have given up, O smooth side, every woman in Ireland for your sake, do you give up every man for me, if it is possible to do so.
As I have given to your white teeth passion which is beyond reckoning, so you should give to me your love in the like measure.
Alexander Pope. Pope, who was Catholic, is buried near his villa in Twickenham. He prefaced his epitaph, "For one who would not be buried in Westminster Abbey."Previous Trivia Questions