James Orr was the foremost of the Ulster Weaver poets and has been favourably compared to his near contemporary Robert Burns. Baraniuk looks at Orr's life and work, examining the changing social, political and theological context of his writing and reassessing his contribution to radical literature and culture during the Romantic era.
Table of Contents
1. Critical Reception and Canonicity 2. Raising a Radical: Orr, Ballycarry and '98: James Orr (1770-98) 3. The Construction of the Bard of Ballycarry: James Orr (1798-1804) 4. Bard in Residence: James Orr (1804-16) 5. Rude Scotch Rhymer? Scottish Enlightenment Influences on James Orr 6. Men of Independent Mind: Ulster Scots Poets and the Scottish Tradition 7. The Rebel Experience 8. The Robert Burns of Ulster? 9. Enlightened Romantic Conclusion
Carol Baraniuk is Research Associate in the School of English and History at Ulster University.