A Journey into Ireland's Literary Revival (ArtPlace series) by R. Todd Felton

By R. Todd Felton

An excellent tide of literary invention swept via eire among the Eighteen Nineties and the 1920s. This engrossing, illuminating, and fantastically illustrated guidebook explores the private histories of writers such as W. B. Yeats, girl Gregory, John Millington Synge, and Sean O’Casey and examines their relationships with the folks, tradition, and landscapes of eire. From Galway and the Aran Islands, to County Mayo and County Sligo, and from Dublin to Wicklow, this advisor to the areas that encouraged Irish Literary Revival showcases the locations where lots of Ireland’s best writers formed an everlasting imaginative and prescient of the rustic.

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Go to the Aran Islands. ” I had just come from Aran, and my imagination was full of those grey islands where men must reap with knives because of the stones. He went to Aran and became a part of its life, living upon salt fish and eggs, talking Irish for the most part, but listening also to the beautiful English which has grown up in Irish-speaking districts, and takes its vocabulary from the time of Malory and of the translators of the Bible, but its idiom and its vivid metaphor from Irish. 47 A Journey into Ireland’s Literary Revival greatly altered the public face of Irish drama: Synge learned in Aran, as Lady Gregory had learned from the Irish-speaking Kiltartan peasants, the idiom that became the vivid and racy dialect of Abbey Theatre comedy, a language based not on Stage Irish, with its begorras and its bedads, but on the daily speech of those who habitually thought in Irish and whose idiom resulted from mentally translating Irish constructions into English.

And once I was just in time to catch hold of the penknives of some schoolboys from the United States who with their friends were spending an afternoon with us. It may be that I was too 27 A Journey into Ireland’s Literary Revival rash; that some day in that wonder-country there may be signed by a President in the White House the letters of a name that I had disallowed. Have not even angels been entertained unaware? After Lady Gregory’s death and the demolition of the house, so many visitors wanted their initials to share space with those of the honored guests of Coole Park that the Kiltartan Society had to put up an iron fence to prevent further damage.

During the civil war of 1922, around midnight on August 19, a small band of irregulars blew the bridge skyward. Apparently, the rebel soldiers were incredibly polite. They first knocked on the Yeatses’ door and explained what they were going to do; they then gave advice on how best to prevent the windows from getting blown in and made sure everyone was safe. They then blew up the bridge with two huge explosions, thanked the Yeatses, and left. 40 of days. There one gets angry & writes prose but here beside a little stream I write poetry & think of nothing else.

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