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‘Seamus Heaney: Poet of Tension or Poet of Conviction?’

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Hancock, Timothy (1999) ‘Seamus Heaney: Poet of Tension or Poet of Conviction?’. Irish University Review, 29 (2). pp. 358-375. [Journal article]

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Abstract

Heaney has often been depicted as a writer struggling with the moral and ethical difficulties associated with his identity both as poet and as Nationalist Catholic brought up in Northern Ireland. By showing the limitations of Heaney's more self-consciously troubled and 'political' poetry (in 'North' and 'Station Island', for example), and the strengths of poems that speak more of imaginative convictions (in 'Field Work' and 'Seeing Things'), this essay argues that the poet is at his most convincing when quickened by inspirational intimations rather than tortured by perceived responsibilities

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts > School of English and History
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Arts and Humanities Research Institute > English
ID Code:13247
Deposited By:Dr Timothy Hancock
Deposited On:11 May 2010 09:23
Last Modified:11 May 2010 09:23

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