A Rebel Act: Michael Hartnett's Farewell to English

A Rebel Act: Michael Hartnett's Farewell to English

by Pat Walsh
     
 

In June 1974 one of Ireland's leading poets, Michael Hartnett, announced his intention to stop writing poetry in English and concentrate on using the Irish language as his poetic medium. This was a curious and courageous decision, as Irish was not Hartnett's first language.

'I "realised" my identity and came to terms with it ... my going into Gaelic simplified

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In June 1974 one of Ireland's leading poets, Michael Hartnett, announced his intention to stop writing poetry in English and concentrate on using the Irish language as his poetic medium. This was a curious and courageous decision, as Irish was not Hartnett's first language.

'I "realised" my identity and came to terms with it ... my going into Gaelic simplified things for me and gave me answers which may be naive but at least give me somewhere to stand.'

A Rebel Act is an account of the background to Hartnett's action and the outcome of this choice on his life and career, as well as the reaction of the literary scene of the time. This is the story of one man's determination to connect to his Irish roots, a relationship he continued to pursue until the end of his life despite eventually returning to writing in English.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781856359672
Publisher:
Mercier Press, Limited, The
Publication date:
10/17/2012
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

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