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The Literary Afterlives of Roger Casement, 1899-2016$
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Alison Garden

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789621815

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789621815.001.0001

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‘The Ghost of Roger Casement’

‘The Ghost of Roger Casement’

Poetic afterlives

(p.155) Chapter Six ‘The Ghost of Roger Casement’
The Literary Afterlives of Roger Casement, 1899-2016

Alison Garden


The final chapter is concerned with the enormous number of poets that have responded to Casement. Beginning with poetry written by Casement’s close friend and intellectual companion, Eva Gore-Booth, this chapter discusses a range of poetry from throughout the twentieth century. As the chapter illustrates, this poetry depicts Casement in various guises, from the tragic nationalist hero of 1916 in Gore-Booth; to a man wronged and shamed by the British in Yeats’ poems from the late 1930s; to a symbol critiquing regressive U.S. politics and troubled transatlantic relations in Paul Muldoon’s ‘A Clear Signal’. This chapter traces how, throughout the twentieth century, we see poets begin to view the nebulous nature of Casement’s multiple and shifting allegiances as enabling, rather than anxiety inducing, and poets like Muldoon and Medbh McGuckian mobilise Casement as a hopeful symbol of plurality.

Keywords:   Irish Poetry, Northern Irish Poetry, W.B. Yeats, Paul Muldoon, Medbh McGuckian, Eva Gore-Booth, Twentieth-century poetry and poetics

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