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

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".