Thomas Osborne Davis

Davis, Thomas Osborne

 

Born Oct. 14, 1814, in Mallow, County Cork; died Sept. 16, 1845, in Dublin. Irish poet and publicist. Participant in the national liberation movement in the 1840’s.

Davis called for association with the English Chartists, and he was the editor of the revolutionary journal The Nation (1842-45). The theme of the unity of the Irish people appears in his civic lyrics and in many of his poems and ballads on Irish history. His poetry continues the tradition of Irish song lyrics. Davis’ articles “National Art,” “Our National Language,” and “The History of the Irish Ballad” were important for the growth of Irish national self-consciousness.

WORKS

National and Historical Ballads, Songs, and Poems. Dublin, 1869.
Essays and Poems, With a Centenary Memoir, 1845-1945. Dublin, 1945.

REFERENCES

Jackson, T. A. Bor’ba Irlandii za nezavisimost’. Moscow, 1949. (Translated from English.)
Duffy, C. G. Short Life of Thomas Davis. Dublin, 1896.
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In 1842 the patriotic organization known as Young Ireland founded The Nation, a paper that published the works of Thomas Osborne Davis, a master of prose and verse, and of such poets as Thomas D'Arcy McGee, Richard D'Alton Williams, and Speranza (the pseudonym of Lady Wilde, mother of Oscar Wilde).