The Cambridge Companion to Seamus Heaney

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Bernard O'Donoghue
Cambridge University Press, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 239 pages
Seamus Heaney is a unique phenomenon in contemporary literature, as a poet whose individual volumes (such as his Beowulf translation, and individual volumes of poems such as Electric Light and District and Circle) have been high in the bestseller lists for decades. Since winning the Nobel Prize for Literature, he has come to be considered one of the most important English language poets in the world. This Companion gives an up-to-date overview of his career thus far, and of his reception in Ireland, England and around the world. Its distinguished contributors offer detailed readings of all his major publications, in poetry, prose and translation. The essays further explore the central themes of his poetry, his relations with other writers, and his prose writing. Designed for students, this volume will also have much to interest and inform the general reader and admirer of Heaney's unique poetic voice.
 

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Contents

From Advancements of Learning
19
The Context of Heaneys Reception
37
Heaney in Public
56
Heaney and the Feminine
73
Heaney and Eastern Europe
92
Heaneys Classics and the Bucolic
106
Heaney as Critic
122
ANDREW MURPHY
136
IO Irish Influence and Confluence in Heaneys Poetry
150
Heaney and Yeats
165
I2 Heaneys Wordsworth and the Poetics of Displacement
178
Heaney Beowulf and the Medieval Literature of the North
192
Heaney after 50
206
Guide to Further Reading 22 4
224
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Bernard O'Donoghue is Fellow of Wadham College and University Lecturer in English at the University of Oxford.

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