Political Poetry

This is, basically, every English professor’s dream: foreign, historical poetry by an oppressed people where the subtext is the only thing that matters.

aisling, n.

A type of allegorical poem in the Irish language, often serving as a vehicle for political or social comment, which depicts the poet’s conversation with a spirit woman who is usually a personification of Ireland. Cf. vision poem n. at VISION n. Compounds 1a.

The aisling form is particularly associated with pro-Jacobite poets of the 18th cent. who used it to circumvent restrictions on political expression.

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