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Only Literature graduates think literature defines a culture.

Almost nobody involved in brexit talks about Shakespeare, let alone any other writer.

However they o talk about the inherited national mythologies of Trafalgar, Brunel, Empire and the Industrial revolution, the Battle of Britain, winston churchill, D-Day; all fed into their psyches almost from mothers milk and daily by tabloids and the political knaves who parrot this drivel Two world wars and one world cup, it's coming home.

An aggressive militaristic history of free-booting trade and gunboat diplomacy interpreted as stand-alone triumph against all the odds.

That's what you're argung with, not poetry

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jun 25th, 2019 at 05:23:51 PM EST
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Only Literature graduates think literature defines a culture.

Yes, but perhaps the culture helped to define the writers and their choice of destination...


Perhaps, being obviously small, Ireland could find in the expansiveness of the Continent a relief from claustrophobia. And paradoxically, in that release lay the possibility of looking back on Ireland itself, as Joyce did so wonderfully, without rancour but with a good-humoured forgiveness.

What he did in the early years of the 20th century, his country men and women did after EU membership in 1973 - being European gave us relief and release from being too much enclosed in our own company and thus allowed us to get over ourselves.

While part of the English identity was moulded against French, Spanish and German identities, ours was moulded against the English. The EU allowed us to reach out and find ourselves in a much larger and cosmopolitan social setting, so much so that being anti-English is now no longer a necessary part of Irish identity.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Jun 25th, 2019 at 05:31:18 PM EST
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