Philip Larkin's 1955 poem "The Importance of Elsewhere" implies that Irish streets are often end-on to hills.

This answer on Stack Exchange Meta contains the suggestion that the answer to the question Where on Stack Exchange should I ask whether the streets in Ireland in 1955 were "end-on to hills" more often than those in England? is either "Literature Stack Exchange" or "History Stack Exchange".

I had a look at Literature Help but did not see anything specifically referring to that type of question.

Should I ask this question on Literature?

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    FWIW, the person who answered your question on Meta SE is a moderator of Literature, so they know what they're talking about w.r.t. this site's scope :-)
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    Dec 2, 2021 at 12:01

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Yes, this question would be OK for Literature, as long as you ask it from the point of view of investigating the poem. For example, "Is this description of streets in Larkin's poem accurate?" You might get answers along the lines of "yes it is [with evidence]" or "no, but Larkin describing streets like this makes poetic sense because [...]". The tag would be appropriate.

If you wanted to ask it as a purely historical question, "Were Irish streets in 1955 like this?", then History SE would probably be more appropriate (although I don't know their site scope very well).

But if you start from the poem (which is on-topic for Literature) and pose a question about its historical accuracy, that should be fine for us. You might even learn more about Larkin and/or the poem than you expected to.

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