"Intelligence, virtue and man of letters ruled"


The Murdered King by Patrick Kavanagh, RTV Guide, 1963
The Murdered King by Patrick Kavanagh, RTV Guide, 1963

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The poet Patrick Kavanagh pays tribute to President Kennedy in the RTV Guide.

  • Title
    The Murdered King by Patrick Kavanagh
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  • Contributor
    Patrick Kavanagh (Writer)
  • Publisher Broadcaster
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  • Clip title
    "Intelligence, virtue and man of letters ruled"
  • Extended description

    The poet Patrick Kavanagh wrote this tribute to President Kennedy a week after he died. It was published in his weekly column in the RTV Guide on 6 December 1963.

    The murdered king of the title is President Kennedy because Kavanagh regards him as a king in the Shakespearean sense of the word. He writes that "Mr Kennedy’s period of office is the only one I can think of, unless one goes back to Charlemagne or the Roman Emperor, Marcus Aurelius, in which imagination, intelligence, virtue and man of letters ruled".

  • Information

    'The RTV Guide' provided listings of television and radio programmes. The first edition was published on 1 December 1961. In July 1966 the magazine changed name to become 'The RTÉ Guide' and is still published on a weekly basis.

    The poet Patrick Kavanagh wrote a weekly column for the magazine from 1963 until his death in 1967.

  • Local keywords
    President Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, JFK, RTV Guide
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  • Topic
    Politics and Economics
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    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
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    Black and White
  • Language used
    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)

"Intelligence, virtue and man of letters ruled"

Category: Politics and Economics