In the introduction to this 1919 collection of Irish poems, the author describes her patriotic awakening, and love for her Irish roots. After gathering thirty-seven folk poems from the people of Ireland—a stonecutter, a basket maker, a man on the street, among others—Lady Gregory translated and collected them here.
About the Author
Lady Gregory (1852-1932), born Isabella Augusta Persse, was an Irish playwright, folklorist, and nationalist. A key figure in the Irish Literary Revival, she co-founded the Abbey Theater and Irish Literary Theatre with William Butler Yeats and Edward Martyn, and was instrumental in popularizing Irish mythology and folklore through her collections and dramas.