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Response to Kennelly’s poems Kennelly’s poems describe the Irish resentment towards Oliver Cromwell, and the hypocrisy in Cromwell’s values. Cromwell supposedly despised the Roman Catholic Church, rebutting its validity because of the role Catholicism played in persecution of European protestants, and because of the fact that Cromwell saw the Roman Catholic Church as an organization not in favor of God, but in favor of achieving individual status and control. Because of Irish involvement in the Catholic church, Cromwell was harsher towards the Irish. He felt as if he was more holy than they. In his poem Praise The Lord, Kennelly writes: “Let’s get one thing clear’ said Oliver, ‘One thing alone: My life’s
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Unformatted text preview: purpose is to praise the Lord.” Kennellys poems depict a person who feels he is battling those who are wrongfully fighting in the name of God, while he is doing just that, himself, through his brutal rule in Ireland. In all the poems, Oliver is speaking in the name of “God,” or “The Lord,” yet his objectives and actions are contrary to what most would recognize as Godly principles or teachings. One of the most blatant examples of Cromwell’s hypocrisy is written in the poem, The Cause, where Kennelly writes: “When we kill them, walking and sleeping, Or strip them naked on freezing roads, Or let their guts festoon their feet, We do that work for the love of God.”...
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