Brev. Brig. Gen'l
- Feb 14, 2012
- Central Pennsylvania
We lovedddd our faeries. It may be why when Irish poet William Allingham penned these words, they carried themselves on Irish wings all the way across the Pond, finding such a receptive audience you couldn't find a child or its mother who couldn't recite the poem.
Irish Poet William Allingham may not have thought " The Fairies " his most important work but it became one of his best loved almost as soon as publication around 1850. You don't come across it as much a century and half later but our ancestors would instantly recognize the words and been able to recite them, too. Immersed in war, maybe a little magic was awfully welcome.
" Wee folk, good folk, trooping all together, green jacket, red cap ", Allingham doen't use the term ' leprechaun ', he says they're fairies. Isn't everyone Irish a little magical? So what's in a name?
" The Fairies " is included not only in poetical works of the era but in books on folklore so it's possible Allingham refers to some ancient tale of the ancient isle where faeries lurk and magic works.
It's the ancient names you should take note of, and if you have time look up. Slieveleague and Columbkill, makes you believe in a lot.