Matt McGuire: Hope, History and Rhyme:

Poetry and the Legacy of the Troubles

This paper was presented as part of the symposium ‘Literature, Truth and Transitional Justice’ at the Writing and Society Research Centre .

Northern Irish poetry has long been renowned for the representation and interrogation of political violence. Throughout the 25 years of the troubles a number of writers used their craft as a way of making sense of much of the traumatic nature of Northern Irish experience.