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'"Mycenae Lookout", Seamus Heaney'

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Kennedy-Andrews, Elmer (2009) '"Mycenae Lookout", Seamus Heaney'. Irish University Review, 39 (2). pp. 358-367. [Journal article]

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Abstract

Appearing in a special issue of 'Irish Universities Review' entitled 'Poems that Matter 1950-2000', this essay is a close analysis of Seamus Heaney's long poem, 'Mycenae Lookout' in his collection The Spirit Level (1996). The essay treats the poem in the light of its relation to contemporary history, and shows how the classical narrative is crossed with the pressure of history and politics in the 1990s to produce 'a poem that matters', one which reacts against the apparently tragic pattern of history and the inhuman assumptions of the current cult of desperation and extremism.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Seamus Heaney; contemporary Irish poetry; poems that matter; poems with classical themes
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:13991
Deposited By:Professor Elmer Kennedy-Andrews
Deposited On:01 Jun 2010 09:43
Last Modified:01 Jun 2010 09:43

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