By Kathryn Kirkpatrick, Borbála Faragó
Animals in Irish Literature and tradition spans the early sleek interval to the current, exploring colonial, post-colonial, and globalized manifestations of eire as nation and nation in addition to the human animal and non-human animal migrations that problem a number of literal and cultural borders.
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Carpenter and Collins, Irish Poet, 308–11. 13. Carpenter and Collins, 309–10. 14. Carpenter and Collins, 313. 15. Carpenter and Collins, 161. 16. Carpenter and Collins, 161. 17. In 1731 Matthew Pilkington published ‘The Bee’. In this poem the speaker kills the bee in annoyance: ‘Rash Fool! ’ The remainder of the poem laments this action and mourns the bee in hyperbolic terms. See Carpenter and Collins, Irish Poet, 171–4. This text can be seen as in marked contrast to his wife’s measured yet feeling poem.
Carpenter and Collins, 274. Kelly, Sport, 157. Kelly notes that, though Irish tavern owners did not match their English counterparts in the promotion of cockfighting as a sport, some did host major matches, as well as the less prestigious ‘shake bag’ events. Kelly, Sport, 166–7. Kelly, Sport, 165. Keith Thomas notes that Samuel Pepys, visiting a cockpit in 1663, saw everyone from ‘parliamentary men’ down to ‘the poorest prentices, bakers, brewers’. Keith Thomas (1983) Man and the Natural World: Changing Attitudes in England 1500–1800 (London: Penguin), 145.
34 Most of the contests, described as ‘mains’, involved two teams, each of which fielded a number of individual birds. 35 ‘The Cock’, an anonymous poem from 1777, draws on this imagery, and signals in both form and tone the gravity of its treatment of cockfighting. With regular seven-beat lines and alternating rhyme, the bravery of the bird and his natural desire to protect his young is first invoked: Stately bird of dauntless courage! See him with his cackling train, Strutting o’er the busy farm-yard, Picking up the scattered grain.