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Join Professor Helen Vendler in her course lecture on the Yeats poem "Among School Children". View her insightful and passionate analysis along with a condensed reading and student comments on the course.

Poet and critic are well met, as one of our best writers on poetry takes up one of the world's great poets.

Where other books on the Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney have dwelt chiefly on the biographical, geographical, and political aspects of his writing, this book looks squarely and deeply at Heaney's poetry as art. A reading of the poet's development over the past thirty years, Seamus Heaney tells a story of poetic inventiveness, of ongoing experimentation in form and expression. It is an inspired and nuanced portrait of an Irish poet of public as well as private life, whose work has given voice to his troubled times.

With characteristic discernment and eloquence, Helen Vendler traces Heaney's invention as it evolves from his beginnings in Death of a Naturalist (1966) through his most recent volume, The Spirit Level (1996). In sections entitled "Second Thoughts," she considers an often neglected but crucial part of Heaney's evolving talent: self-revision. Here we see how later poems return to the themes or genres of the earlier volumes, and reconceive them in light of the poet's later attitudes or techniques. Vendler surveys all of Heaney's efforts in the classical forms--genre scene, elegy, sonnet, parable, confessional poem, poem of perception--and brings to light his aesthetic and moral attitudes.

Seamus Heaney's development as a poet is inextricably connected to the violent struggle that has racked Northern Ireland. Vendler shows how, from one volume to the next, Heaney has maintained vigilant attention toward finding a language for his time--"symbols adequate for our predicament," as he has said. The worldwide response to those discovered symbols suggests that their relevance extends far beyond this moment.

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Poet and critic are well met, as one of our best writers on poetry takes up one of the world's great poets. Whereas other books on the Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney have dwelt chiefly on the biographical, geographical, and political aspects of his writing, this book looks squarely and deeply at Heaney's poetry as art.

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adequate for our predicament," as he has said. The worldwide response to those discovered symbols suggests that their relevance extends far beyond this moment.

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About the Author

Helen Vendler is A. Kingsley Porter University Professor at Harvard University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Chronology

List of Abbreviations

Introduction

Anonymities: Death of a Naturalist, Door into the Dark, Wintering Out

Archaeologies: North

Anthropologies: Field Work

Alterities and Alter Egos: From Death Of a Naturalist to Station Island

Allegories: The Haw Lantern

Airiness: Seeing Things

An Afterwards: The Spirit Level

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674002050
Author:
Vendler, Helen Hennessy
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Author:
Vendler, Helen
Author:
Vendler, Helen Hennessy
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
General
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Criticism and interpretation
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
LITERARY CRITICISM / European/English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Harvard Univ PR
Publication Date:
March 2000
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
none
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8 x 6 in 9 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Poet and critic are well met, as one of our best writers on poetry takes up one of the world's great poets. Whereas other books on the Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney have dwelt chiefly on the biographical, geographical, and political aspects of his writing, this book looks squarely and deeply at Heaney's poetry as art.
"Synopsis" by , adequate for our predicament," as he has said. The worldwide response to those discovered symbols suggests that their relevance extends far beyond this moment.
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