A Rebel Act: Michael Hartnett's Farwell to English

A Rebel Act: Michael Hartnett's Farwell to English

Pat Walsh / Feb 23, 2020

A Rebel Act Michael Hartnett s Farwell to English In June from the stage of the Peacock Theatre in Dublin Michael Hartnett announced his intention to stop writing poetry in English He said he would write exclusively in Irish from then on Hartne

  • Title: A Rebel Act: Michael Hartnett's Farwell to English
  • Author: Pat Walsh
  • ISBN: 9781856359672
  • Page: 170
  • Format: Paperback
  • In June 1974 from the stage of the Peacock Theatre in Dublin, Michael Hartnett announced his intention to stop writing poetry in English He said he would write exclusively in Irish from then on Hartnett was one of the leading poets of his generation so it was a curious act of defiance, taking a vow of silence in the language in which he had developed a reputation He saiIn June 1974 from the stage of the Peacock Theatre in Dublin, Michael Hartnett announced his intention to stop writing poetry in English He said he would write exclusively in Irish from then on Hartnett was one of the leading poets of his generation so it was a curious act of defiance, taking a vow of silence in the language in which he had developed a reputation He said he was going to concentrate on writing in a language in which he could speak but was not fluent It was a momentous decision I have made my choice and leave with little weeping, I have come with meagre voice to court the language of my people He eventually returned to writing in English, using his knowledge of the Irish language to translate the poetry of O Bruadair, O Rathaille and Haicead Rather than view this reversal as a defeat, it should be seen as a compromise as he could identify with the estrangement from society that those Gaelic poets felt, which mirrored his own alienation from modern Ireland.

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