Here is an analysis and summary of Ciaran Carson’s poem ‘Belfast Confetti’, looking at the historical context, poetic form and structure. Belfast Confetti (a poem by Ciaran Carson). Suddenly as the riot squad moved in, it was raining exclamation marks, Nuts, bolts, nails, car keys. Belfast Confetti [Ciaran Carson] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Belfast Confetti, Ciaran Carson’s third book of poetry, weaves together in.

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There is with Wales though, and when I speak of my miner great grandfather, people always assume that I am talking about south Wales. Suddenly as the riot squad moved in, it was raining exclamation marks, Nuts, bolts, nails, car keys. Very brave thing to do — very brave to seek your own answers in the way you did. There was opposition to the rational age of Enlightenment in other countries too, of course.

Interesting to hear your background, Cymbeline. Religion should be a private matter of the heart, and the politics of religion should be kept under control. In cultural terms, would you ever consider that they did more for Ireland than the collectors of folklore?

No wonder your poem struck a chord with him. At the same time, the fact that Welsh literature is seen as only truly Welsh if it is written in Welsh, means that there is no international power to it, in the Irish way. The Enlightenment was influential in Ireland, although there was no Irish Enlightenment as such. This conflict took cinfetti when the minority population of Catholics was dominated, discriminated, and also harassed by the Protestant majority.

Born and brought up in Belfast, Northern Ireland, he writes both poetry and prose, which is often heavily influenced by his Irish confeti. The use of language may have been subverted for the sake of survival, but that does not subvert the language itself.


June 21, at 4: To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: I suppose that there are grammatical structures and expressions which reflect this. Yes, in changing times, language is vulnerable if it is not written. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here And the seventeeth century saw terrible wars and rebellions.

Part of the qualification, as it were. Interesting comments on Welsh and the Caribbean. Make promises freely, then forget them. The road to God knows where … Brendan O’Brien. I like the poem because of the sense of entrapment and disorientation. It is interesting how Ireland took on the English language, while thinking in Irish. June 17, at 9: I see your point, Cymbeline. Yes I was genuinely taken aback by that. I agree with you on caron politics of religion.

June 22, at 9: June 17, at Perhaps the reader has to have experience and knowledge of Belfast to understand and appreciate the poem — to go beneath the punctuation on the page.

Poem of the Week: “Belfast Confetti” by Ciaran Carson

Every single scene has been presented and depicted just the way confettu must have happened, way back then. This one is new to me. Czrson Carson was born in the year The original settlement is on Atlantic seaboard, facing North West. That gave the language permanency.

Dublin University aka Trinity College is the one in central Dublin, established in Elizabethan times and historically catering for Protestants … Burke, Wilde, Beckett et al. He was also a union leader. According to Angela Bourke, priests in the late nineteenth century propounded a Catholicism that was modern-minded, outward-looking, literate, and essentially middle class. The poem Belfast Confetti derives its name from the large ship constructing rivets as well as all the other metals, which were used by the Protestants for the violent attacks against the Catholics.


This make me feel like in belfast again, but not the actual real conftti, only the one that I imagine from a dark past.

Poem of the Week: “Belfast Confetti” by Ciaran Carson %%

When I mentioned earlier the idea of Irish priests being keepers of the language, it was to do with something I had read about Irish priests having confeyti have knowledge of Irish to be ordained. Re your 47, Latin was the liturgical language up to the s … I have vague memories of the Latin mass. June 25, at 1: A fast freshness to it, in spite of the theme.

Mocking rather than arguing. The thing that makes one know for sure that the World Cup is on, is the huge number of flags being flown from the roofs of cars. Even though he wishes to leave and even though he knows that he has survived, he is unable to get rid of his helplessness about being unable to help those who lost their lives in the riot.

But there was no Industrial Revolution in Ireland, although of course Irish muscle was very much part of the Industrial Revolution in Britain. When I was exactly the same age as my son is now, I was working on building sites in London.

There are lots of sights, hotels, lodges, clubs, restaurants carsoh shops to visit.