A Treasury of Irish Poetry in the English Tongue

A Treasury of Irish Poetry in the English Tongue

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A Treasury of Irish Poetry in the English Tongue

A Treasury of Irish Poetry in the English Tongue

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The position which Ireland holds in the literature of the world is beginning to be understood at last. in the nineteenth century, Ireland, slowly relieved from the oppression which forbade her very speech and denied education to her native intelligence, made known to scholars and the friends of literature the imaginative work she had done in the past. England, who for many years encouraged the cry — Can any good come out of Ireland ? — has shown little interest in that work, and the class which in Ireland calls itself cultivated has shown even less interest than England. a few Celtic scholars, many of whom are quite unknown to fame; and a few ‘ rebellious persons,’ who having no chance with the sword grasped the pen — began this labour of love. They awakened little excitement in Trinity College, Dublin, but they did stir up Continental scholars; and that which an Irish University on the whole neglected, was done by German and French professors and students with system, accuracy, and enthusiasm. Moreover, the modern school of critical historians in England and the Continent soon recognised and proclaimed the originating and inspiring work by which Ireland, in ancient days, had awakened England and Europe into intellectual, artistic, and religious life.

The people who from our little island did so much for the civilisation of the nations wrote and spoke at home the Irish . . .

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