BRITISH WRITERS, Volume 7 by Ian Scott-Kilvert

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Douglas Hyde founded the Gaelic League to revive the ancient Irish language, to collect myths, legends, and poems, and to make them more widely known by translating them into English with an Irish flavor. In 1898 William Butler Yeats, Lady Augusta Gregory, and others started the Irish Literary Theatre. Between 1899 and 1901 the earliest plays of this movement were performed only a few times by professional English actors in such theaters as were available in Dublin. In 1902, however, Yeats and Lady Gregory joined forces with a talented group of Irish amateur actors headed by Frank Fay and William G.

Publications include Dryden (criticism); Balfour; Baldwin (biography); The Greek Passion; and Chapel (history). Editor of The Journals and Letters of Sir Robert Bruce Lockhart. J. B. Priestley. xxxix SEAN O'CASEY (1880-1964) William JL. Jlrmstrong / republic. In 1910 the same policy was adopted by the organization known as Sinn Fein ("We Ourselves"). A third political group was the Irish Nationalist party, which held seats in the House of Commons in London and argued that Ireland should have Home Rule but remain within the British Empire.

But the tragic potentialities of this vanity become plain when Clitheroe abandons his wife, Nora, and marches off on maneuvers as soon as he hears that he has been made a commandant. And in Act II we see how Clitheroe and his fellow officers are hypnotized and dehumanized by the savage rhetoric of a patriotic orator. Most of the orator's lines come from speeches actually made by Padraic Pearse, one of the leaders of the Rising. But O'Casey adds to them the passage in which his orator claims that bloodshed is necessary for national redemption.

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