Abstract and Keywords
The history of poetry in the northern part of Ireland during the twentieth century has been associated with three revivals. The first occurred in the early years of the century, the second coincided with the beginning of World War II, and the third emerged during the mid-to-late 1960s. This chapter focuses on the second of the three Northern poetic revivals, a more troubled, if equally vigorous, affair than the other two. It was championed most energetically by the young student poet and critic Robert Greacen, and involved other significant Irish poets such as Roy McFadden, John Gallen, John Hewitt, May Morton, and W. R. Rodgers. Hewitt wrote an essay entitled ‘Poetry and Ulster: A Survey’, prompted by the publication of a number of anthologies of Irish poetry that contained significant proportions of work by Ulster poets. The essay not only celebrated the achievements of Northern Irish poets through the 1940s but also lamented a period that was passing.
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