Seamus Heaney: Poet of Contrary Progressions

Seamus Heaney: Poet of Contrary Progressions

by Henry Hart

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This scholarly study focuses on Heaney's progress from ``an early, gritty pastoralism'' to the mastery of an unsentimental ``clear, bare style'' that enables him to express the deepest conflicts of ``divided allegiances'' between Protestant-dominated Northern Ireland and his Anglo-Irish heritage and Catholicism. Hart argues that Chaucer and Dante provided Heaney with a way to escape ``political and religious bonds'' and become an ``inner emigre,'' an exile from partisan strife who ``dramatizes the artist's painful self-consciousness'' in highly personal yet archetypal poetry. Heaney's unconventional, expressive work meditates on issues that still perplex a troubled community in a ``sea of Irish troubles.'' A poet of ``contrary progressions,'' Heaney seeks a ``substitute communion,'' a ``ratifying bond'' between a people and a ``tangled and contradictory land.'' Recommended for scholarly collections.-- Frank Allen, West Virginia State Coll., Institute

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Syracuse University Press
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Irish Studies Series
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6.00(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.76(d)

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