Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Irish Renaissance

Better go down to your marrow-bones
And scrub a kitchen pavement, or break stones
Like an old pauper, in all kinds of weather;
For to articulate sweet sounds together
Is to work harder than all these.
- 1923 Nobel Laureate in Literature William Butler Yeats [1865-1939], Adam's Curse

Irish Renaissance: Irish literary renaissance late 19th- and early 20th-century movement that aimed at reviving ancient Irish folklore, legends, and traditions in new literary works. The movement, also called the Celtic renaissance, was in part the cultural aspect of a political movement that was concerned with self-government for Ireland and discovering a literary past that would be relevant to the struggle for independence.