Ulster’s Other Poetry
By: Hector McDonnell
ULSTER’ S OTHER POETRY proves that the people of Ulster have never been humourless or dour. Far from it. With its sparkling variety of rhymes, songs and humorous poems from every tradition of the province, the book demonstrates that those who dwell in the northern quarter of Ireland have their own unique take on the strange ways of the world, coupled with a whole-hearted appreciation of good fun.
Spanning over three centuries of Ulster’s past, this anthology is full of comic pleasures. In its pages, country ballads jostle with city satires, songs aimed at children meet jingles advertising bread, and university light verses encounter the folk-poems of the Antrim weavers.
Each poem comes with background information about its origins, and each page is illuminated by Hector McDonnell’s wonderful, witty drawings. This book is destined to become a much-thumbed, much-loved companion.
JOHN WYSE JACKSON and HECTOR McDONNELL have also worked together on Ireland’s Other Poetry: Anonymous to Zozimus and Ulster’s Other Poetry: Rhymes and Songs of the Province, both published by The Lilliput Press.