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date: 28 January 2021

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In 2010, Derek Mahon published a collection of poems entitled An Autumn Wind, dedicated to celebrated (and now elderly) poetic contemporaries such as Seamus Heaney, John Montague, and Michael Longley. He also wrote a substantial elegy for James Simmons (1933–2001) called ‘Art and Reality’ that involves religion, politics, and literary history. This chapter explores ‘Protestant’ aesthetics in Northern Irish poetry. Few European societies are in a better position than Northern Ireland to know the perniciousness of sectarianism, which has blighted Northern Ireland from the beginning. A Northern Irish poet of this generation, John Hewitt, occupies a significant position as a voice for what one might call cultural Protestantism in Ulster.

Keywords: Irish poetry, Protestantism, Ulster, Northern Ireland, Derek Mahon, elegy, James Simmons, aesthetics, sectarianism, John Hewitt

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