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  • Published: 1 November 2012
  • ISBN: 9781848271029
  • Imprint: Transworld Ireland
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $27.99
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The Four Elements

Reflections on Nature




A thought-provoking and inspiring treasury of essays focusing on nature and the ancient wisdom of this earth, by the bestselling author of Anam Cara and Benedictus.

In The Four Elements, poet and philosopher John O’Donohue draws upon his Celtic heritage and the love of his native landscape, the west of Ireland, to weave together a tapestry of beautifully evoked images of nature. As John explores a range of themes relating to the way we live our lives today, he reveals how the energy and rhythm of the natural world – its innocence and creativity, its power and splendour – hold profound lessons for us all.

With a foreword written by his beloved brother Pat, this illuminating treasury is a unique collection of reflections inspired by the ancient wisdom of this earth.

  • Pub date: 1 November 2012
  • ISBN: 9781848271029
  • Imprint: Transworld Ireland
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $27.99

About the Author

John O'Donohue

John O'Donohue, Ph.D., was born in County Clare in 1956. He spoke Gaelic as his native language and lived in a remote cottage in the west of Ireland until his untimely death in January 2008. A highly respected poet and philosopher, he lectured in Europe and America and wrote a number of international bestsellers: Anam Cara, Eternal Echoes, Divine Beauty and Benedictus, which he completed shortly before he died. He also wrote two collections of poetry, Conamara Blues and Echoes of Memory, his first published work.

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Praise for The Four Elements

“There are certain threads that run through the work of John O'Donohue. They manifest themselves with different colours and textures. The form may change for different purposes of rhythm and resonance, but the intention remains constant. It is grounded in human vulnerability and the desire, the longing, for a connection to the wonder of the divine in nature, and human life within it.”

Michael D Higgins, politician and broadcaster


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