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To understand this poem you need
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The poem is about the Dublin lock-out:
· 26 August 1913 to 18 January 1914
· Viewed as the most severe and significant
industrial dispute in Irish history.
· Caused because the workers' wanted the right
to unionise.
· The workers wanted better wages and
working conditions to help improve their lives.
· Over 1/3 of the Irish population lived in slums
where disease spread at a 50% higher rate
then even slums in England and Scotland.…read more

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Those who joined trade unions, especially the
most disruptive Irish Transport and General
Workers' Union (ITGWU), were `locked-out' of
there jobs.
· Meaning they were not allowed to work there
or get paid until they proved they were no
longer involved in the unions movements.
· The unionists lost in the end, with the starving
workers signing pledges to ensure that it
would never happen again.…read more

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The characters:
· John O'leary:
Died in 1907
Founder of Irish nationalist group
He acted as a father figure to Yeats
and made him see revolution could
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Edward Fitzgerald:
A leader against the 1798 rebellion
He died during the Irish revolution
· Robert Emmet:
An 1805 uprising leader who was
hanged
· Wolfe Tone:
Sailed to France in 1798 to try and
get a small French army to aid in the
revolution; however he was arrested
and committed suicide before his
scheduled hanging.…read more

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