John Hewitt


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John Harold Hewitt (28 October 1907-22 June 1987), who was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, was the most significant Irish poet to emerge before the 1960s generation of poets that included Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon and Michael Longley. He was appointed the first writer-in-residence at Queen's University Belfast in 1976. His collections include The Day of the Corncrake (1969) and Out of My Time:... more »

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  • This is our fate: eight hundred years' disaster,
    crazily tangled like the Book of Kells:
    the dream's distortion and the land's division,
    the midnight raiders and the prison cells....
    John Hewitt (b. 1907), Irish author, poet, playwright. An Irishman in Coventry.
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