Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney

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Overview

Seamus Heaney by J. B. Priestley, Andrew Murphy

In this second edition of his popular book on Heaney, Andrew Murphy charts the trajectory of Heaney's career as a poet and places 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 cultural 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 e

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780746307830
Publisher: Northcote House Publishers, Limited
Publication date: 09/28/1996
Series: Writers and Their Work Series
Pages: 95
Product dimensions: 5.39(w) x 8.48(h) x 0.46(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsviii
Biographical Outlineix
Abbreviationsxiii
Introduction1
1'Living roots awaken in my head': Place and Displacement8
2'Where the fault is opening': Politics and Mythology29
3'I hear again the sure confusing drum': Reversions and Revisions50
4'It was marvellous and actual': Familiarity and Fantasy73
5'Ourselves again, free-willed again, not bad': The Unpartitioned Intellect93
Appendix121
Notes127
Select Bibliography134
Index139

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