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Northman: John Hewitt (1907-87)An Irish writer, his world, and his times$
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W. J. McCormack

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198739821

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198739821.001.0001

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An Ulster Reckoning (1971)

An Ulster Reckoning (1971)

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Northman: John Hewitt (1907-87)

W. J. McCormack

Oxford University Press

Hewitt’s pamphlet An Ulster Reckoning (1971) is analysed in depth—his opting for non-commercial distribution, the order in which the poems were written and the different order in which they found periodical publication, their political targets and treatment of contemporary figures. (A table indicating manuscript sources, changes of title, places of first publication, and some private marginal comments by the poet himself, is included.) Still based in the English Midlands, Hewitt was searching for a medium through which to oppose the populist sectarianism of the Revd Ian Paisley, while also condemning the complacent Ulster middle classes. The pamphlet exemplifies his efforts to re-orientate his radicalism in the face of incipient violence.

Keywords:   John Hewitt, poetry, manuscript sources, politics, radical, Ian Paisley, sectarianism

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