The Man in the Cloak
Dec 13 2017
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There's still a lot to be learned about James Clarence Mangan, so if you are intrigued, you really must listen to Bridget Hourican as she tries to de-cloak the enigmatic poet at the Little Museum of Dublin.
James Clarence Mangan was such a foreboding figure that he was known as The Man in the Cape. He was a shadowy, lonely man who dressed strangely, in the aforementioned long cloak, green glasses, and a garish blonde wig. Despite being such a weird and unusual figure, he managed to write some of the finest and most evocative Irish poetry ever written.
Considered a genius by WB Yeats and studied by James Joyce, behind his poems like The Dark Rosaleen and A Vision of Connaught in the Thirteenth Century was a man who was essentially a nationalist. A friend of his own biographer, John Mitchel, and journalist Thomas Davis, his work appeared in The Nation, a patriotic newspaper.
As well as having a predilection for nationalism, Mangan also delighted in drinking and opiates. Moody and often depressed, he soon became a cliche of the troubled poet.
There's still a lot to be learned about Mangan, so if you are intrigued, you really must listen to Bridget Hourican as she tries to de-cloak the enigmatic poet at the Little Museum of Dublin.