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

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

by Magdalena Kay, Mary Nyquist
     
 

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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

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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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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
‘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.’
Irish Studies Review; vol 21:04:13 - 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.’
Slavic & East European Journal vol 58:02:2014 - 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.’

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442698185
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
06/30/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
File size:
2 MB

What People are saying about this

Harold Segel
‘Nowhere has the influence of Eastern European poets on Seamus Heaney been addressed as broadly or as deeply as in Magdalena Kay's fine study, In Gratitude for all the Gifts. Uniquely qualified to undertake such a study by virtue of her impressive knowledge of Heaney's oeuvre as well as her grasp of Polish literature, Kay demonstrates a deep understanding of the poets to whom Heaney was attracted and whose influences he acknowledges. I enjoyed reading Kay's compelling, convincing, and effective analyses of these poets and of Heaney's internal conflicts.’
Harold Segel, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Columbia University
From the Publisher
‘Nowhere has the influence of Eastern European poets on Seamus Heaney been addressed as broadly or as deeply as in Magdalena Kay's fine study, In Gratitude for all the Gifts. Uniquely qualified to undertake such a study by virtue of her impressive knowledge of Heaney's oeuvre as well as her grasp of Polish literature, Kay demonstrates a deep understanding of the poets to whom Heaney was attracted and whose influences he acknowledges. I enjoyed reading Kay's compelling, convincing, and effective analyses of these poets and of Heaney's internal conflicts.’

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Meet the Author

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

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