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Tara Stubbs

an impression of nothing, and is rhythmically flat, represents for Moore the antithesis of the Irish imagination and the American spirit. Throughout ‘Sojourn in the Whale’, the colonial occupier enforces an ‘opaqueness’ that requires the Irish to perform apparently impossible feats in order to realise their imaginative potential. In the second stanza, for example, the Irish are ‘compelled’ to perform alchemy in order to survive. They are forced to ‘spin/ gold thread from straw’ (ll. 6–7) because the different kinds of ‘shortage’ they face, as a result of the

in American literature and Irish culture, 1910–55
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John Kinsella

the Dun Cow (1160). I read the legend in Joyce’s Celtic Legends, but most of the details are mine.’ By this story he intended to represent in his own original way the Celtic genius, and he wrote the poem with a genuine love of the peculiar exuberance of the Irish imagination.36 Interestingly, Hallam Tennyson, not long after publishing his Memoir, became Governor of South Australia (1899–1902) and even acting Governor-General (1902) then Governor-General (for a year – 1903–04; he was in conflict with Prime Minister Deakin) in the early years of the Australian

in Polysituatedness