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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 Cromwells 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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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course LIT 217 taught by Professor Smyth during the Fall '07 term at S. Connecticut.
- Fall '07