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'Requiem for the Croppies' by Seamus Heaney (analysis)

How divisions in Northern Ireland affected Seamus Heaney's use of language. One of his poems came to be used as IRA propaganda. Heaney explains how writing poetry in a divided Northern Ireland meant he had to be careful, so as not to exacerbate a sensitive situation. People in the region at that time were self-conscious about particular word-use, even within otherwise innocuous language. The clip contains an excerpt from 'Requiem for the Croppies', a poem celebrating the Irish rebellion of 1798, and Heaney explains how this poem came to be used for IRA propaganda.

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