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    Default Paedo or no? What is this Pearse poem about if not kissing wee boys?

    We all know Padraig Pearse had pederastic tendencies, and that he fancied wee boys.
    After all, he wrote the following poem in 1909, only a year after founding his own school for boys, St Enda's.
    Personally, I believe that confliction over his desire for wee boys is one of the driving motivations that led Pearse to the effective suicide of the Rising.
    But primarily, I'm opening this thread to ask if anyone can provide an innocent interpretation of the poem below, because I'm now utterly bored with frothing-mouthed Shinners frantically emailing me to deny that Pearse was a paedo.
    If he's not a paedo, then you won't mind telling me what this is about, will you?

    LITTLE LAD OF THE TRICKS

    by Padraig Pearse.


    Little lad of the tricks,
    Full well I know
    That you have been in mischief:
    Confess your fault truly.

    I forgive you, child
    Of the soft red mouth:
    I will not condemn anyone
    For a sin not understood.

    Raise your comely head
    Till I kiss your mouth:
    If either of us is the better of that
    I am the better of it.

    There is a fragrance in your kiss
    That I have not found yet
    In the kisses of women
    Or in the honey of their bodies.

    Lad of the grey eyes,
    That flush in thy cheek
    Would be white with dread of me
    Could you read my secrets.

    He who has my secrets
    Is not fit to touch you:
    Is not that a pitiful thing,
    Little lad of the tricks ?
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    Poetry is open to interpretation. Maybe he was using it as a metaphor for something else? We'll never know!
    Could he have been comparing the youthful child with his real love, Ireland??

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    Wonderfully emotive language, but do you have any historical report of any complaint (or even British propaganda) that touched children inappropriately? Or is politics.ie now doing literature reviews?

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    He was a strange one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buachailrua View Post
    Poetry is open to interpretation. Maybe he was using it as a metaphor for something else? We'll never know!
    Could he have been comparing the youthful child with his real love, Ireland??
    Er, I don't think so:

    Quote Originally Posted by Padraig Pearse sweating profusely
    There is a fragrance in your kiss
    That I have not found yet
    In the kisses of women
    Or in the honey of their bodies.
    Not much about Ireland in that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Question R24U View Post
    Wonderfully emotive language, but do you have any historical report of any complaint (or even British propaganda) that touched children inappropriately? Or is politics.ie now doing literature reviews?
    Do you have an innocent interpretation for that poem? It's a simple question. If you do, I'm interested, if you don't, well, don't feel bad. Neither does anyone else.
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    JC, there was a previous thread on this but I suspect you know that..

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    Quote Originally Posted by White Horse View Post
    He was a strange one.
    He was. And we won't figure him out now, that's for sure.

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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13pCHb62kvQ&feature=related]YouTube - Herbert the pervert - "I Know what boys Like"[/ame]

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