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The Cambridge Companion to Seamus Heaney


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Bernard O'Donoghue, Rand Brandes, Patrick Crotty, Dennis O'Driscoll, Fran Brearton, Justin Quinn, David Wheatley, Andrew Murphy, Dillon Johnston, Neil Corcoran, Guinn Batten, Heather O'Donoghue, John Wilson Foster
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  • Date Published: December 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521547550

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  • 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 overview of his career and of his reception in Ireland, England and around the world. Its distinguished contributors offer detailed readings of 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.

    • An authoritative and up-to-date account of Heaney's work and its themes
    • Heaney is placed in his context as an important public poet in Ireland and around the world
    • The full guide to further reading is an excellent way into Heaney scholarship
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    • Date Published: December 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521547550
    • length: 262 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Bernard O'Donoghue
    2. Heaney's working titles: from Advancement of Learning to Midnight Anvil Rand Brandes
    3. The context of Heaney's reception Patrick Crotty
    4. Heaney in public Dennis O'Driscoll
    5. Heaney and the feminine Fran Brearton
    6. Heaney and Eastern Europe Justin Quinn
    7. Heaney's classics and the bucolic Bernard O'Donoghue
    8. Professing poetry: Heaney as critic David Wheatley
    9. Heaney and the Irish Poetic Tradition Andrew Murphy
    10. Irish influence and confluence in Heaney's poetry Dillon Johnston
    11. Heaney and Yeats Neil Corcoran
    12. Heaney's Wordsworth and the poetics of displacement Guinn Batten
    13. Heaney, Beowulf, and the medieval literature of the north Heather O'Donoghue
    14. Crediting marvels: Heaney after 50 John Wilson Foster
    Guide to further reading

  • Editor

    Bernard O'Donoghue, Wadham College, Oxford
    Bernard O'Donoghue is Fellow of Wadham College and University Lecturer in English at the University of Oxford.


    Bernard O'Donoghue, Rand Brandes, Patrick Crotty, Dennis O'Driscoll, Fran Brearton, Justin Quinn, David Wheatley, Andrew Murphy, Dillon Johnston, Neil Corcoran, Guinn Batten, Heather O'Donoghue, John Wilson Foster

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