Easter Uprising of 1916 By Brianna Dicks Due 5-11-11 4th Hour Mrs. Myers and Mr. Flyte What exactly was the Easter Uprising and how did it change Ireland? The Easter Uprising was in April 1916 in Dublin. It was a turning point in modern Irish history, because up until this point Ireland had been completely under Britain’s rule (Trueman). Many works have been written about this: novels, history books, and nonfiction memoirs (see attached list and poem). There had previously been small rebellions in the years 1803, 1848, and 1867 (O’Knowles). Irishmen especially grew to resent the British after the Conscription of 1918. This was an attempt by the British to draft the Irish into their army (Badertscher). Many Irishmen began to believe that they had no right to impose rule upon Ireland. There are several reasons for this. After the Great Potato Famine from 1845 to 1847, many of the Irish had lost all faith in the British government. Many believed the Irish had become second class citizens in the “world’s greatest empire”. Home Rule appeased most people, but only for a short while. Eventually, Irish independence and removal of all aspects of British rule became a main goal (Trueman). Britain’s carelessness when it came to Ireland caused them to fight back and in doing so gain even more morale. When World War I broke out the Irish movement for freedom was hindered and many Irishmen joined the British Army in fighting the Germans. As the fight for independence continued, we find that many did not support the ways of the Fenians or the IRB and therefore did not participate in the rebellion. They were concerned with the political tactics (Trueman). After World War I, nationalists struggled while relying on violence
Easter 1916: A Blessing and a Curse
In “Easter 1916”, the importance of the Irish rebellion is highlighted by sad anecdotes and strong metaphors. William Butler Yeats uses his words wisely to create a story for the audience to follow. This story, however, though it may seem like a poem of triumph and independence from Britain, is gruesome and upsetting. Many Irish lives were lost in achieving peace for Ireland and Yeats helps the reader realize this through his poem.
Yeats emphasizes the independence….
(in 1887) the London Lodge of Theosophists. Yeats's encounter with John O'Leary caused him to envision Ireland as the primary literary subject of his poetry, as well as the commitment to the cause of Irish national identity, as expressed in "Easter 1916." In 1889, he fell in love with Maud Gonne and alluded to his love in the 1899 poem, "The Wind among the Reeds," through symbolic, stylized, and expressive verse. In 1986, he befriended Lady Isabella Augusta Gregory. She resided in Coole Park….
Easter 1916 - Poem by William Butler Yeats
In Easter 1916, poet begins with a criticism of the politicians both living and those who are dead in the recent revolution. Yeats was deeply moved by the heroism and the martyrdom of the rebels. He saw the whole Irish scene transformed by the tragedy of execution. The heroes of the rebellion-Pearse, Connolly, McDonough and MacBride-all became symbol of heroic martyrdom.
I have met them at close of day
Coming with vivid faces
From counter or desk among….
* This poem is a elegy for those that died in the Easter rebellion in Dublin
* 24th April 1916- Easter uprising
* British soldiers executed some of the rebels (Yeats knew many of them)
* Fought for the independence of Ireland
* Irish nationalism
* 4 stanzas, first stanza has 16 lines, second has 24 lines third has 16 lines….
Easter is a festival which usually occurs during the last week of April, on Sunday and it is known for the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter 1916 is a poem which documents the Irish revolution. In 1800s, Irish parliament signed the act of union with Great Britain; hence Irish became the part of Great Britain. As of which the Irish nationalists and revolutionist IRB (Irish Republican Brotherhood), they were not happy about it and wanted to gain independence. IRB was formed in 1858 with 2000 members….
Easter 1916 Analysis
by William Butler Yeats
In this stanza Yeats describes the people, or "vivid faces"(2), he sees in everyday life. They are insignificant to Yeats as individuals, however each of them shares a certain bond with him. They are all united in a fight for their homeland of Ireland. In lines 6 and 8, Yeats states that all he says to the people on the street are "polite meaningless words"(6). The fact that what he says to these people is always meaningless, shows how insignificant….
There can be no doubt that the response of the British government to the Rising contributed measurably to the further alienation of Irish public opinion. On 26th April 1916, it had introduced martial law and next day appointed Major-General Sir John Maxwell as Commander-in-Chief of troops, Ireland. He had full authority to restore order, put down the rebellion, and punished its participants. Maxwell never doubted that its leaders should be court-martialled and those most prominent executed.
The 1916 Irish Easter Uprising
Ever since the occupation of Ireland by the English began in 1169, Irish patriots have fought back against British rule, and the many Irish rebellions and civil wars had always been defeated. To quash further rebellion, the Act of Union was imposed in 1800, tying Ireland to the United Kingdom of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Laws discriminating against Catholics and the handling of the Irish Potato Famine of 1845-50 led to increased tension and the proposal….
September 1913 and Easter 1916 Poem
Throughout many of his poems, W.B Yeats portrayed important aspects of Ireland’s history especially around the 1900’s when Ireland was fighting for independence. During this time, Ireland was going through an agonizing time of struggle. The Employers’ Federation decided to lock out their workers in order to break their resistance. By the end of September, 25,000 workers were said to have been affected. Although the employers’ actions were widely condemned, they….
If Yeats’ “Easter 1916” was valued and defined by only its political context it would speak powerfully to Irish Republicans and, perhaps, advocates of liberal democracy, but its context would stifle an awareness of transience and permanence Yeats commits in the heart of his poetry. Yeats reveals his consciousness to the idea of permanence through the eulogy of remembrance at the end of Easter 1916, where the vernacular is elevated to immortality in time and history. In striking difference is the….