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Rhyming Weavers: And Other Country Poets of Antrim and Down

Rhyming Weavers: And Other Country Poets of Antrim and Down

John Hewitt

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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 - handloom 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 Hewitt s Rhyming Weavers is both a study and a celebration of the lives and work of these country poets. His extended introduction provides an accessible 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, Hewitt s anthology was an act of recovery, an excavation of a vibrant aspect of Ulster s 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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Author John Hewitt
Publisher Blackstaff
Publication date 28 Sep 2004
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9780856407574

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