In Gratitude for All the Gifts: Seamus Heaney and Eastern Europe

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In Gratitude for All the Gifts explores the literary and cultural links between the bestselling, Nobel Prize-winning Northern Irish poet Seamus Heaney and the preeminent Eastern European poets of the twentieth century, including fellow Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz and Zbigniew Herbert. Magdalena Kay opens new ground in comparative literary studies with her close analysis of Heaney's poetic work from the perspective of the English-speaking West's attraction, and especially ...

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In Gratitude for All the Gifts explores the literary and cultural links between the bestselling, Nobel Prize-winning Northern Irish poet Seamus Heaney and the preeminent Eastern European poets of the twentieth century, including fellow Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz and Zbigniew Herbert. Magdalena Kay opens new ground in comparative literary studies with her close analysis of Heaney's poetic work from the perspective of the English-speaking West's attraction, and especially Heane''s own attraction, to Eastern European poetry.

While placing Milosz and Herbert in their cultural contexts and keeping an eye on the poems in their original Polish, this innovative and energetic study focuses on how Heaney encountered their work in translation. In Gratitude for All the Gifts thus allows us to see what happens when poetic forms, histories, and themes travel between countries and encourages us to understand cultural crossing not just thematically, but also in terms of form, voice, and aesthetic intent.

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‘Insightful and elegant book…Kay handles Heaney with nuanced admiration. It is a book for which long-time and new readers alike should be considerably grateful.’
Carol Tell
‘Insightful and elegant book…Kay handles Heaney with nuanced admiration. It is a book for which long-time and new readers alike should be considerably grateful.’
Irena Grudzinska-Gross
‘It is very rare to read a work exhibiting such profound knowledge of East European poetry by an author who is also truly grounded in a different culture.’
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442644984
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 6/30/2012
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Magdalena Kay is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Victoria.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction
Chapter 1: Looking Eastwards
Chapter 2: Heroic Names
Chapter 3: Zbigniew Herbert and the Moral Imperative
Chapter 4: Approaching the Master
Chapter 5: Unfortunate Nobility
Conclusion: Considering the Gift

Bibliography

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