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John Hewitt, Sam Thompson, and a Lost Labour Culture

Connal Parr

in Inventing the Myth: Political Passions and the Ulster Protestant Imagination

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780198791591
eISBN:
9780191833953
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198791591.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, Drama

This chapter demonstrates the importance of the Labour movement on two Belfast-born Protestant writers and how this inculcated a socialist conviction quite separate, and antagonistic, to Ulster ... More


Disappointments: Stranmillis and Mount Charles, 1951–56

W. J. McCormack

in Northman: John Hewitt (1907-87): An Irish writer, his world, and his times

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780198739821
eISBN:
9780191802799
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198739821.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Hewitt’s MA thesis on Ulster folk poetry is compared to the later published version (1974), especially with reference to political nuance and the significance of the 1798 rebellion in his thought. ... More


‘Strange Openings’: Visual Art

Guy Woodward

in Culture, Northern Ireland, and the Second World War

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780198716853
eISBN:
9780191787218
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716853.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Somewhat perversely, the Second World War created conditions in which visual artists in Northern Ireland could flourish. The unprecedented influx of foreign troops and refugees brought many new ... More


An Irishman and -Woman in Coventry, 1956–66

W. J. McCormack

in Northman: John Hewitt (1907-87): An Irish writer, his world, and his times

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780198739821
eISBN:
9780191802799
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198739821.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter relates Hewitt’s appointment to and first ten years at the Herbert Gallery in Coventry, in their domestic, professional, and political aspects. Methodism in the history of the English ... More


Defending Barbara Hepworth before the Ratepayers; Collected Poems (1968)

W. J. McCormack

in Northman: John Hewitt (1907-87): An Irish writer, his world, and his times

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780198739821
eISBN:
9780191802799
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198739821.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

The second half of Hewitt’s time in Coventry involved reassessments of his political attitude towards Ireland and his aesthetic preferences. He reviews his 1930s connections with Belfast in the light ... More


‘An angry wind strumming the wires’: Poetry

Guy Woodward

in Culture, Northern Ireland, and the Second World War

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780198716853
eISBN:
9780191787218
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716853.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

The international success of post-war generations of Northern Irish poets in the final third of the twentieth century has eclipsed the work of writers who were present and active in the province ... More


Northman: John Hewitt (1907-87): An Irish writer, his world, and his times

W. J. McCormack

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780198739821
eISBN:
9780191802799
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198739821.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This biography of the influential Irish poet and gallery curator moves from his origins in non-conformist Belfast through his local education, early efforts at writing, the left-wing politics of the ... More


Daybreak; or, I Solve the Irish Problem

W. J. McCormack

in Northman: John Hewitt (1907-87): An Irish writer, his world, and his times

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780198739821
eISBN:
9780191802799
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198739821.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

These final pages examine two late and unusual items by John Hewitt—an unpublished quasi-fictional prose piece (‘I Solve the Irish Problem’) and a short story (‘Daybreak’) published under a ... More


The Poet Breaks Through: No Rebel Word, London, 1948

W. J. McCormack

in Northman: John Hewitt (1907-87): An Irish writer, his world, and his times

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780198739821
eISBN:
9780191802799
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198739821.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter is a detailed exercise in publication history. John Hewitt’s first hardback collection, No Rebel Word, was issued by Frederick Muller of London in 1948. Though it achieved little ... More


Racial and Regional Rhythms

Tom Walker

in Louis MacNeice and the Irish Poetry of his Time

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780198745150
eISBN:
9780191806087
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198745150.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter focuses on the time that MacNeice spent in Ireland, North and South, at the beginning and end of the Second World War. It explores his poetry’s engagement with Irish poetics that stress ... More


‘The Red Hand’, a Young Man’s Poemosaic

W. J. McCormack

in Northman: John Hewitt (1907-87): An Irish writer, his world, and his times

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780198739821
eISBN:
9780191802799
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198739821.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

A close reading of Hewitt’s ambitious early (and unfinished) composition ‘The Red Hand, a Poemosaic’, elicits a great variety of concerns and anxieties, political, religious and ‘identity’ related. ... More


An Ulster Reckoning (1971)

W. J. McCormack

in Northman: John Hewitt (1907-87): An Irish writer, his world, and his times

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780198739821
eISBN:
9780191802799
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198739821.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Hewitt’s pamphlet An Ulster Reckoning (1971) is analysed in depth—his opting for non-commercial distribution, the order in which the poems were written and the different order in which they found ... More


‘The Colony’ (1949–50)

W. J. McCormack

in Northman: John Hewitt (1907-87): An Irish writer, his world, and his times

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780198739821
eISBN:
9780191802799
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198739821.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Contains the full text of ‘The Colony’ followed by a critical analysis with the present author’s interpretation, and citing responses by Terence Brown, Denis Donoghue, Paul Muldoon, and Douglas Sealy.


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