Geographical Poetics: Patrick Kavanagh’s ‘On Raglan Road’

Luke Kelly sings 'On Raglan Road', Al O'Donnell (guitar), 1979, rte.ie
Luke Kelly sings ‘On Raglan Road’, Al O’Donnell (guitar), 1979, rte.ie

I have written a piece about the geographical dialectic in On Raglan Road. The contrast between Raglan Road and Grafton Street reflects the contradictory idealisations of Irish women as madonna or whore. This is a contradictory identity of precisely the kind that Homi Bhabha has identified in the impossibility of the stereotype. You can read this short essay here.