06: Illness And Rebirth As A Poet

In 1955, Patrick Kavanagh was diagnosed with cancer.

On 31 March, Kavanagh underwent surgery at the Rialto Hospital and had a lung and rib removed. As the weather for the summer of 1955 was warm, Kavanagh spent much of his time convalescing on the banks of the Grand Canal. The poem 'Canal Bank Walk' refers to this as a time of renewal for his poetic energies.