The title of Medbh McGuckian's newest volume, Blaris Moor , refers to a traditional ballad that commemorates the trial and execution in 1797 of four militia men condemned by the authorities as members of the United Irishmen. The United Irishmen were so named because their failed Rebellion of 1798--among the worst bloodshed Ireland has ever known--was meant to unite Protestants and Catholics. Always steeped in sensual longing, McGuckian's poems are historically complex invocations of such volatile landscapes, shedding light ...

Blaris Moor 2017, Wake Forest University Press

ISBN-13: 9781930630789

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