Thomas Kinsella was born in Inchicore, Dublin in 1928 into a working class family – both his father and grandfather worked in the Guinness brewery. He won a scholarship to study science inUCD but soon dropped out and joined the civil service. He published his first full-length volume of poetry in 1957. His poetry is an intense account of his personal experiences. They offer a celebration of youth; evoke a profound fear of aging; attempt to come to terms with death; and meditate on his relationship with his wife and indeed the meaning of love. Each and every poem captures some profound truth about life, often by providing a portrait of a person or an experience. Chrysalides
Mirror in February
Noel Peirce Coward the celebrated actor, composer, and playwright was born on December 16, 1899 in England. His father worked as both a clerk for a music publishing company and a piano salesman. Young Noel attended Chapel Royal School in Clapham but learned his most vocational lessons while studying acting with Sir Charles Hawtrey’s drama company. Working with this theater group, he developed comic timing and his trademark casual demeanor. Encouraged by his mother, Coward made his first professional theatrical appearance when he was only twelve. He continued to act in London throughout his teens, while also making both his first attempts at playwriting and his film debut in director D. W. Griffith’s 1917 feature Hearts of the World. Noel Coward’s first play was produced in 1920; three more of his compositions went on the stage in 1922. The Young Idea (1922). Coward produced four more plays before writing Hay Fever in the three days following his first trip to the United States in the fall of 1924. He wrote seventeen more plays in the next decade, often acting in, directing, producing, and composing music for them as well. During this period he wrote what is widely considered his best work, the comedy Private Lives (1930). Among his...
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