Irish And World War I

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Ireland has many famous pieces of poetry that reflect the rich history of the country. Many of these classic poems were written during the period known as, “The Troubles” and during the events leading up to this period. Most notably, the several failed uprisings against the British and World War I. Ireland has a history of being divided about who should rule the country. The division can be divided into two groups, one group being the Unionists and, the other being the Nationalists. These two groups are extremely different in viewpoints regarding religion and most notably opposing views on government issues. In fact, the two groups views on government issues is what gives each group its name. The Unionists believe in having a union with Great Britain while, the Nationalists believe in one united Ireland without British interference. These two viewpoints have representation in classic Irish poetry as well as the events which brought this division amongst the people. The opposing viewpoints between the Irish people before “The Troubles” are expressed the best in the poems, “September 1913” by William Butler Yeats, and “Ulster 1912” by Rudyard Kipling. Yeats’ view can be compared to Nationalists who wanted independence from Great Britain. He even went as far as to use his poem as a political statement to call his fellow Irish peers into action. “Romantic Ireland’s dead and gone/It’s with O’Leary in the grave” (“Yeats” 7-8). O’Leary was a great leader in an uprising for…

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