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    the year 1729. This was in the middle of the enlightenment period. During the enlightenment period, literature saw the rise of the novel as a genre and dry wit, sarcasm and satire became popular forms of political, social and religious criticism. Jonathan Swift’s Essay, entitled A Modest Proposal for preventing the children of poor people in Ireland from being a burden to their parents or country and for making them beneficial to the public focuses on the ills that befell the society. The author uses satire to highlight the issues in the society and he proposes a radical solution. The thesis of…

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    In tracing how William Butler Yeats influenced Seamus Heaney, it is significant to note similarities in their backgrounds. Yeats was intensely mindful of his role as a national poet/politician representing all Irish. Heaney also evolved into a definitive poet for the entire island. Both transitioned from being primarily Irish poets to world poets as evidenced by their winning of individual Nobel prizes seventy years apart. Like Yeats, Heaney was recognized globally, as likely to lecture at…

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    Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal” uncovers the laxity of British and Irish Gentry towards the increasing poverty in Ireland and the exploitation of the Irish. With its metaphors that depicts cannibalism as an acceptable solution to hunger, ‘modest’ can only be seen as an euphemism for this egregious suggestion. This satire dictates an economically insightful proposal that alleviate poor parents of their ‘bastard children’. As a result of this proposal, the outcome suggests to hinder children…

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    One of the most controversial events was the Irish famine in 1845-1852. This was because of conflicting national pride and lack of sources that made it difficult for either side to state what really happened. This eventually led to the three historic views, nationalist, revisionism and post revisionism. With passing time each view blossomed into a new statement and belief. PART:A Nationalism was the historic view of Irish citizens. They personally told their own reasonings to what actually…

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    Jonathan Swift was a famous author whose works greatly influenced society during the Enlightenment period. Swift was a satirist who wrote a lot about the English monarchy, who was confiscating parts of Irish land to sell them to English families. At this time the Protestants and Catholics did not get along. The Protestants did everything they could to prevent the Catholic religion from growing by depriving them of what American’s see as basic rights today. This issue was crucial for Swift…

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    Set in the Easter Rising, Sean O’Casey’s play, The Plough and the Stars, utilizes its setting to discuss the consequences of war and the idea of making a blood sacrifice for Irish independence. Prior its inception, Irish nationalist theatre consisted of works such as Cathleen Ni Houlihan by William Butler Yeats, which evokes a mythological sense of nationalist pride as it uses the figure of Sean-Bhean Bhocht, Poor Old Woman, who needs a young man to help her remove the invaders from her home,…

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    Johnathan Swift Satire

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    In the late 1720s, many of the Irish people lived in poverty. Many of them, children included, starved to death on a regular basis. Johnathan Swift noticed that nobody wanted to do anything about it so, he decided he would create a proposal to make people really think about and realize how bad the problems in Ireland were. Swift's ridiculous proposal suggested that the Irish eat their own children, of course he didn't really mean it, he was using that as a way to show the irony in the fact that…

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    Lucassen focuses on the role of independent religious, economic, and political differences, as prime movers in both the development and dissipation of xenophobic beliefs that swept France and England in the late 19th and early 20th century. Although Lucassen presents a strong historical recollection of social relations that led to widespread nativism, he oversimplifies the root causes of xenophobic sentiment, focusing too intently on singular elements instead of the additive nature of the…

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    sense and society standards . In “Among the School Children,” W.B.Yeats structures his poem as an argumentative piece criticising the social status of the Irish people at the time. To accomplish this, Yeats starts by building up a speaker that could convey this message . The speaker characterises himself as a “sixty-year-old smiling public man” but one can also see evidence of literacy as he keeps referring to fundamental theories of classical philosophy and mathematics, referencing Plato,…

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    American life” -John F. Kennedy. The Irish immigrants did exactly so when they faced the obstacle of having to come to the United States. In 1740, the Irish faced famine and persecution, forcing them to immigrate to the United States in hope of better opportunities, but instead were discriminated against their Catholic practices. The Protestant Reformation was a conflict for the Irish Catholics but led them to fight for their rights, causing the first amendment and other religious compromises to…

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