- Weaver Poets
Weaver Poets, Rhyming Weaver Poets and Ulster Weaver Poets were a collective group of poets belonging to an artistic movement who were both influenced by and contemporaries of
Robbie Burnsand the Romantic movement.
In the late eighteenth century, a number of men involved in the textiles industry, mostly confined to counties Antrim and Down began to submit poems to newspapers and publishers. They were craftsmen and often self-employed. They are known specifically for writing poems in the common tongue of the time for that region, Scots. More often than not, they were
working-classand not formally educated.Fact|date=April 2007
Some of the more well-known Weaver Poets were James Orr of
Ballycarryand David Herbison- "The Bard of Dunclug".
tyle and form
Sometimes the poetry produced by the movement was political - Orr had joined the United Irishmen in 1791 and took part in the United Irishmen Rebellion of 1798.
A large number of weaver poems were collected by poet
John Hewitt. Hewitt bequeathed his entire collection to the University of Ulster.
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