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Selection of Poems

I See His Blood Upon the Rose
The Living Temple
I Saw the Sun at Midnight
A Wave of the Sea
White Waves on the Water
The Worm Joseph
Saint Augustine
When All the Stars Become a Memory
See the Crocus' Golden Cup
The Splendour of God

A brief biography

Joseph Mary Plunkett (1879-1916) was born in Dublin.  He was educated at Catholic University School, Belvedere College and Stonyhurst College.  His study of the mystics John of the Cross, Theresa of Avila, and Francis de Sales is discernable in his poetry. 

He was a close friend of Thomas MacDonagh and Padraic Pearse, noted Irish poets. He was for a short while editor of the literary publication, the Irish  Review.  Along with MacDonagh and Edward Martyn, he co-founded the Irish Theatre. 

During the 1916 Rising he was one of the signers of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic. He was imprisoned by the English army in the Richmond Barracks.  Shortly before his execution in the courtyard of Kilmainham jail, on the morning of May 4th, he married his fiance, Grace Gifford, in the jail's chapel. He died at the age of 28.

His friend, Thomas MacDonagh was executed the day before.  Joseph's father and brother John, who were also involved in 1916 uprising, served ten years penal servitude. Joseph's wife, Grace, was also later imprisoned in the Kilmainham jail. 

Two volumes of Plunkett's poetry were published. "The Circle and the Sword" was published in 1911 and the Occulta" was published posthumously. 


Joseph was executed at Kilmainham jail 
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