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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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In Search of Regionalism

In Search of Regionalism

Cushendall, 1946–50

(p.94) 5 In Search of Regionalism
Northman: John Hewitt (1907-87)

W. J. McCormack

Oxford University Press

Hewitt’s interest in regionalism as a possible solution to Ulster’s internal and external problems is explored. The influence of Estyn Evans, Patrick Geddes, and Lewis Mumford is assessed. Varieties of religious curiosity brought the poet and his wife occasionally to Catholic Mass in Cushendall and to Unitarian services in Belfast. Scottish influences (notably Hugh MacDiarmid) also affect him. Roberta Hewitt’s capabilities and her unsteady self-confidence are examined in some detail. Hewitt attended the re-interment of W. B. Yeats in Sligo, where he once again met Austin Clarke. Back in Belfast, the attentions of a young woman flatter him, and exasperate Roberta. Through Chapter 5, the ardours and pleasures of weekend rural living intertwine with the development of regionalist ideas and numerous poems.

Keywords:   regionalism, Ulster, Cushendall, Catholicism, Unitarianism, Patrick Geddes, Estyn Evans, Lewis Mumford, Austin Clarke

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