The Complete Poems of John De Jean Frazer – The workman poet from Birr
In the middle of the 19th century the name of the Birr poet J.De Jean (John De Jean Frazer) was familiar to everyone in Ireland with a nationalist frame of mind. Nowadays, although occasional poems of his continue to be published, he is almost forgotten. His poetry deserves rediscovery. On the political plane, he skillfully articulated Irish outrage at the British response to the campaign for Repeal of the Union, land tenure, and other historical injustices. His poems appeared in The Nation and many other periodicals of the day, supporting the policies of the Young Irelanders.