Are literary ideas of originality and imitation, allusion and influence inherently political if the poems emerge from different sides of a border or of a colonial relationship? Taking as a framework the history of relations between Ireland, England, and Scotland since the 1707 Union, the book explores this question through a series of close readings.
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Table of Contents
1. 'What's Past is Prologue'
2. ScottishBards and English Epigraphs: Robert Burns's 'A Winter Night'
3. The Grand Old Ballad in Coleridge's 'Dejection'
4. James Clarence Mangan and Percy Bysshe Shelley
5. The Homes of England
6. 'The Irish for No'
7. Seamus Heaney and the Caught Line
Epilogue: George Mackay Brown, 'All Soul's'
Conclusion: George Mackay Brown, 'All Soul's' (text of poem)