Biography[ edit ] Ciaran Carson was born Belfast into an Irish-speaking family. His father, William, was a postman and his mother, Mary, worked in the linen mills. He then attended St. He died of lung cancer on 6 October at the age of Eliot Prize. In a trivial sense, what differentiates them is line length.
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He is not only a poet, but also an amazing novelist, who is cherished by almost all those who love literature. Born and brought up in Belfast, Northern Ireland, he writes both poetry and prose, which is often heavily influenced by his Irish roots.
Besides being an author and a novelist, he is also a well-known musician and columnist. He has still not left his pen.
He has used the same tense to portray different effects of being in the middle of the conflict. The poet has also used present tense to portray a live-scene of what he went through during the time he witnessed the violence. He has used this tense to describe his experience and the aftermath of the riot. It is a free verse poem. Metaphor and extended metaphor are the two most important language techniques used in this poem. The metaphoric language used in this poem, portrays every single effect of violence, on the heart of the poet.
The hidden meaning behind his words mean that even if he has escaped the riot and survived, he will never be able to get rid of the sight that he witnessed; the violent scene is going to haunt his memories forever. These dead bodies have blocked his ways, due to which he finds it impossible to escape. Even though he wishes to leave and even though he knows that he has survived, he is unable to get rid of his helplessness about being unable to help those who lost their lives in the riot.
Historical Perspective During his time, the poet has witnessed the era of Irish nationalist terrorism, which began in the s. This conflict took place when the minority population of Catholics was dominated, discriminated, and also harassed by the Protestant majority. During the mids, the groups of Irish nationalist had also started violent attacks to make the UK government build an independent region of Britain. The poem Belfast Confetti derives its name from the large ship constructing rivets as well as all the other metals, which were used by the Protestants for the violent attacks against the Catholics.
Personal Commentary Carson has adopted a narrative style in this poem to depict an entire scene to the reader. The reader can feel the horrifying scene just like it is depicted by the poet.
By reading this poem, one can easily understand the pain that the scene and the riot must have caused to the poet. The poet has survived and there is absolutely no doubt about how tough his survival was, from the riot. However, he is still not able to forget the haunting scenes that he has seen with his own eyes and the fearful screams of those, who lost their lives to the hands of merciless troops.
Yet, he is simply unable to forgive himself and whenever he travels back in time, the first thing that comes in his mind is his inability to help people during the riot. But then again, he was petrified with the sight and there was absolutely no move that he could make due to the harshness noticed in the eyes of the humans against those, who were made by the same flesh and blood. The poet has beautifully used different punctuation in a very carefree and freestyle manner to put the most contemporary effect on the hearts of the readers.
When you read Belfast Confetti, you, as a reader, feel like you are witnessing the entire scene all by yourself. It is like you are standing right there, in the middle of dead bodies. Every single scene has been presented and depicted just the way it must have happened, way back then. The terror that this poem creates is not something that the other poems, belonging to the same genre, do.
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Belfast Confetti By Ciaran Carson