Rhyming Weavers, And Other Country Poets Of Antrim And Down John Hewitt

ISBN: 9780856400322

Published: December 31st 1974

Hardcover

135 pages


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Rhyming Weavers, And Other Country Poets Of Antrim And Down  by  John Hewitt

Rhyming Weavers, And Other Country Poets Of Antrim And Down by John Hewitt
December 31st 1974 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 135 pages | ISBN: 9780856400322 | 8.22 Mb

During the nineteenth century there was a remarkable flowering of peasant verse in the Ulster counties of Antrim and Down. Witty, irreverent and deeply egalitarian, these poems were written by working people - hand-loom weavers, small farmers andMoreDuring the nineteenth century there was a remarkable flowering of peasant verse in the Ulster counties of Antrim and Down.

Witty, irreverent and deeply egalitarian, these poems were written by working people - hand-loom weavers, small farmers and country school-masters - for people much like themselves. The poets wrote in the lively tongue of the Ulster-Scots vernacular and drew their themes from the landscape and life of the community at a time when the making of flax into linen played a basic part in the economic and social pattern. John Hewitts Rhyming Weavers is both a study and a celebration of the lives and work of these country poets.

His extended introduction provides an account of the context in which the poets wrote and is complemented by a select anthology that includes poems by well-known local bards such as David Herbison, James Orr and Samuel Thomson. First published in 1974, Hewitts anthology was an act of recovery, an excavation of a vibrant aspect of Ulsters literary history. Reissued now, thirty years later, with a new foreword by Tom Paulin, Rhyming Weavers remains a seminal work, making an important contribution to Ulster-Scots writing and to debates about language and identity in these islands.



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