This essay discusses poetry associated with Irish nationalism and Chartism. Chartism’s eventual de facto leader, Ernest Jones, was an admired and prolific poet; as Irish poets including James Clarence Mangan were helping to forge a new Irish cultural identity in support of Irish nationalism, Chartist poets including Jones were attempting a similar project for a radical British working-class readership. This article undertakes a brief comparative study of the poetry of Mangan and Jones, and finds the points where they converge and differ to be equally illuminating in terms of their mythic representations of the land and the past.
How to CiteRennie S. (2015) “Myth, Land, and History in the Poetry of James Clarence Mangan and Ernest Jones”, Identity Papers. 1(2). doi: https://doi.org/10.5920/idp.2015.1257