Mangan, James Clarence

Mangan, James Clarence

(măng`gən), 1803–49, Irish poet. He spent most of his life as a clerk, eventually slipping into alcoholism and opium addiction. His reputation rests on his English renderings of Gaelic poems, such as the excellent "Dark Rosaleen."


See study by J. Joyce (1930).

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Mangan, James Clarence


Born May 1, 1803, in Dublin; died there June 20, 1849. Irish poet who wrote in English.

Mangan was the son of an unsuccessful grocer. He published his first poems in the 1830’s. His works appeared in the progressive journal The Nation and in other periodicals. Mangan’s lyric poetry is pessimistic. His ballad ‘The Nameless One” (1842, published 1849) is imbued with bitter humor. Mangan’s patriotic verses are linked with the Irish national liberation movement, for example, “The Peal of Another Trumpet” (1846) and “Irish National Hymn” (1848). Mangan translated the “Marseillaise” into English; he also did translations of German poetry (German Anthology, 1845), and old Irish verses and songs.


Poems. Biographical introduction by John Mitchell. New York, 1859.
Poems. Dublin, 1903.
Prose. Dublin, 1904.


Sheridan, J. S. J. C Mangan. Dublin, 1937.
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1843: Death of James Mangan, James Clarence's father.