Seamus Heaney

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In this second edition of his popular volume on Heaney, Andrew Murphy offers an accessible and wide-ranging study of the poet's work, charting the trajectory of Heaney's career and placing his work within its various contexts. Seamus Heaney is one of the foremost poets of his generation and his work is highly prized by scholars and general readers alike. It is a measure of his success as a writer, and of the high-esteem in which he is held, that he has been appointed to professorships at both Harvard and Oxford ...
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Overview

In this second edition of his popular volume on Heaney, Andrew Murphy offers an accessible and wide-ranging study of the poet's work, charting the trajectory of Heaney's career and placing his work within its various contexts. Seamus Heaney is one of the foremost poets of his generation and his work is highly prized by scholars and general readers alike. It is a measure of his success as a writer, and of the high-esteem in which he is held, that he has been appointed to professorships at both Harvard and Oxford and that he was, in 1995, awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. The appeal of Heaney's poetry lies in its gracefulness, its meticulous attention to the sound and structure of language, and the range of topics engaged by the poet, from the precise particularity of the local and the familial to greater political, social and cutural themes. Heaney's poetry is seen within the framework of the Irish poetic tradition and the poet is also located within his crucial social and political context as a writer from the North of Ireland, who seeks a fruitful engagement with the conflicts affecting his homeland. Heaney emerges from this clearly written study as a complex and multi-faceted figure, passionately engaged by poetry and politics alike.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780746307830
  • Publisher: Northcote House Publishers, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Series: Writers and Their Work Series
  • Pages: 95
  • Product dimensions: 5.39 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Murphy is Lecturer in English at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. He is author of But the Irish Sea Betwixt Is: Ireland, Colonialism, and Renaissance Literature (1999) and the editor of The Renaissance Text (2000). His work on Irish and Renaissance topics has appeared in a wide range of journals and essay collections, including Eire-Ireland, Irish Studies Review, Irish Review, Literature and History, and Shakespeare and Ireland: History, Politics and Culture. Dr. Murphy was awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship for the academic year 2000/1.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements viii
Biographical Outline ix
Abbreviations xiii
Introduction 1
1 'Living roots awaken in my head': Place and Displacement 8
2 'Where the fault is opening': Politics and Mythology 29
3 'I hear again the sure confusing drum': Reversions and Revisions 50
4 'It was marvellous and actual': Familiarity and Fantasy 73
5 'Ourselves again, free-willed again, not bad': The Unpartitioned Intellect 93
Appendix 121
Notes 127
Select Bibliography 134
Index 139
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