The Irish Poetry and Postcolonialism

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Ireland was a British colony for more than seven centuries, for this time it was hidden their native identity, as well as their language. The British colonizers imposed not only their language but also their culture. In 1922, it was signed the Treaty in which Ireland was considered a free state. As and introduction to Heaney poems, I will use a poem of Yeats, who is the poet that starts to talk about postcolonial themes. Maybe Yeats was one the most important figures in the reconstruction of the Irish identity. He represents the relationship between Ireland and Britain in his poem "Leda and the Swan". The first publication of this poem was in the radical magazine "To-morrow" in 1923. Some years later it was republished in the…show more content…
He also "declared his fascination with the peaty wetland that are a unique feature of the Irish landscape." Nevertheless, the most significant poem that belongs to this group is "Punishment". It was published in 1975 in his collection "North". This poem is about a girl who was killed for seeing and English soldier, this is showed in the poem in the line 23-24: "Little adulteress, Before they punished you" . At the end of this poem he shows his feelings: " Who would convive in civilized outrage yet understand the exact and tribal, intimate revenge". The tone of this poem is sad because he also recalls the death people in Ireland. The next poem that I am going to comment is "Strange Fruit". This poem continues talking about the Bogs. Here we find the chronicle of a brutal murder. As we see in the first two stanzas; Here is the

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