Kavanagh describes what he calls the "literary metropolis" and literary scene in Dublin at the time of his arrival in the city that would become his home for almost 30 years.

Patrick Kavanagh talks about the notion that Dublin was a "literary metropolis" when he came to live in the city in 1939. Kavanagh himself admits to admiring many writers at the time, but on reflection is dismissive of the literary scene in a city "where they thought so much of the poetry that they didn't believe in the poet 'atin'."

"...When I came to Dublin in 1939, the Irish literary affair was still booming. It was the notion that Dublin was a literary metropolis and that Ireland was invented and patented by Yeats, Lady Gregory and Synge, the spiritual entity..."