The Troubles Archive is a collection of artworks from artists who produced work during and relating to the Troubles in Northern Ireland

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Rage for Order

Derek Mahon addresses his own alienation from his homeland throughout his works, as in “Afterlives” from The Snow Party, where the poem’s speaker returns to Belfast and finds it unfamiliar, or in “Rage for Order,” from Lives, where he describes the poet as “far from his people” and too distanced from the everyday violence of Irish politics to comprehend it. While Mahon’s depictions of the artist’s separation from society tends t

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