Mulligan proposes “A new art colour for our Irish poets: snotgreen.” Given Ireland's millennial association with the color green, this must be heard as a snotty comment on the nationalistic cultural movement to which Mulligan refers: the so-called Irish Literary Revival or Irish Renaissance. The Revival was a phenomenon of the last two decades of the nineteenth century and the first two decades of the twentieth, identified with writers like William Butler Yeats, George Moore, Douglas Hyde, Lady Gregory, and John Millicent Synge.

Photograph of Ben Bulben by R. Todd Felton. Source: Felton, Ireland's Literary Revival (Roaring Forties Press, 2007).

Oil painting of George Moore by Édouard Manet (1879). Source: Wikimedia Commons.