Death of a Naturalist and Door into the Dark
… the root of the troubles may have something in common with the root of the poetry. The very first poems I wrote, ‘Docker’ and one about Carrickfergus castle for instance, reveal the common root. The latter had William of Orange, English tourists and myself in it. A very inept sort of poem but my first attempts to speak, to make verse, faced with the Northern sectarian problem. Then this went underground and I became very influenced by Hughes and one part of my temperament took over: the private County Deny childhood part of myself rather than the slightly aggravated young Catholic male part.1
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