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  Seamus Heaney - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Seamus Heaney (born April 13, 1939) is an Irish poet, writer and lecturer from County Derry, Northern Ireland.
Seamus Justin Heaney was born the eldest of nine children, at the family farmhouse called Mossbawn, near Castledawson, in County Londonderry, thirty miles to the north-west of Belfast, in Northern Ireland.
Seamus Heaney was a friend of the late Belfast-born writer, Brian Moore, whom he visited at Moore's home in Malibu, California.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Seamus_Heaney   (1561 words)

Seamus Heaney, the winner of the 1995 Nobel Prize for Literature, is among the most widely respected Irish poets of the time.
Heaney makes use of both poetic phrases and conversational language simultaneously, as well as devices such as onomatopoeia and different styles of rhythm, to clarify and focus on his peculiar subjects.
Heaney attempts to connect to the past and continue the tradition, but there is a note of independence and resolution, which may signal the end of the old ways.
www.nadn.navy.mil /EnglishDept/ilv/heaney.htm   (1625 words)

 Seamus Heaney Biography
Seamus Heaney was born in April 1939, the eldest member of a family which would eventually contain nine children.
Heaney's poems first came to public attention in the mid-1960s when he was active as one of a group of poets who were subsequently recognized as constituting something of a "Northern School" within Irish writing.
Heaney's beginnings as a poet coincided with his meeting the woman whom he was to marry and who was to be the mother of his three children.
famouspoetsandpoems.com /poets/seamus_heaney/biography   (1196 words)

 Heaney - poems
Seamus Heaney was born on April 13, 1939, on a farm in Castledawson, County Derry, Northern Ireland, the eldest of eight children.
Heaney explains this with the simile of a cat - much of the time one expects it to be “company” and “tame” (safe and predictable).
Heaney also indulges in wordplay - the two senses of “perch” in the first line and the pun on “finland” (not to be confused with the country of “Finland”) which is echoed by “fenland”.
www.universalteacher.org.uk /poetry/heaney.htm   (6646 words)

 The Burial at Thebes: Seamus Heaney   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Heaney is also an accomplished essayist, literary critic and translator (see bibliography).
At one level, Heaney saw it as his duty to provide Dublin's Abbey Theatre with a full set of Sophocles' "Theban trilogy" by translating the Antigone, thus completing the cycle begun with W.B. Yeats' prose versions of the Oedipus Tyrannos and the Oedipus at Colonus.
Does Heaney mean to give us a contemporary prose version of Sophocles' original play that barely masks his own disdain for the voice of authority and thus elevates Antigone to a moral position superior to that of Creon's?
www.skidmore.edu /fye/bat/Heaney.html   (460 words)

 Guardian Unlimited Books | Authors | Heaney, Seamus
Known proudly to all Ireland as "famous Seamus", in his 30-year career Heaney has moved from nature poetry to a brave and never easily redemptive engagement with the Irish conflict, finding through his bog people poems (see North) a way into the violence of history; he is a particularly illuminating reader of his own work.
Heaney's influence is strongly felt in the younger Irish poets such as Paul Muldoon, Medbh McGuckian and Eavan Boland.
Seamus Heaney: The Making of the Poet by Michael Parker details his Catholic upbringing and the influence of Ulster's violent history.
books.guardian.co.uk /authors/author/0,5917,-84,00.html   (285 words)

 Amazon.ca: Finders Keepers: Books: Seamus Heaney   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The ripples-in-a-bucket image is typical of other motifs Heaney uses to examine his own and others’ work-typical, that is, of his poetics, specifically the notion (which is surely one of Heaney’s most sustained and mature reflections on his art) of poetry as liberating destiny.
Heaney has written, “I suppose the feminine lament for me involves the matter of Ireland, and the masculine strain is drawn from the involvement with English literature” (Preoccupations).
Heaney’s essays on his more immediate English and American precursors, those found in The Government of the Tongue of the 80s, single out the principle themes and fundamental tensions in these poet’s works and carefully discuss the relation between the poets’; visions and their language.
www.amazon.ca /Finders-Keepers-Seamus-Heaney/dp/0571210805   (1746 words)

 Seamus Heaney   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Seamus Heaney's life and career - Mossbawn childhood, Belfast studies, work with The Group under Philip Hobsbaum, marriage to Marie Devlin, praise for his books, years at Harvard, Nobel Prize, acclaim for Beowulf.
Seamus Heaney was born on April 13th, 1939, the first child of Patrick and Margaret Kathleen Heaney (née McCann), who then lived on a fifty-acre farm called Mossbawn, in the townland of Tamniarn, County Derry, Northern Ireland.
Heaney was the eldest of nine children - he had two sisters and six brothers - and as such might have been expected to follow in his father's footsteps, becoming a farmer and cattle dealer.
www.interviews-with-poets.com /seamus-heaney/heaney-note.html   (1178 words)

 Literary Encyclopedia: Seamus Heaney
Seamus Heaney has been, for good or ill, internationally the most prominent and the most popular Irish poet of the latter part of the twentieth century and the first part of the twenty-first.
Heaney's predominance is 'for good or ill' in the sense that he has proved a more criticised figure in Ireland than has been the case beyond.
This map of Heaney's career against the changing history of the north of Ireland is, of course, extremely crude, and easily contradicted by references to specific poems in the individual volumes: not all the poems 'fit' the suggested pattern.
www.litencyc.com /php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=2054   (574 words)

 WashingtonPost.com: Poet Seamus Heaney Wins Nobel Prize
Heaney has had remarkable success, both critical and popular, for a poet in the late 20th century.
Heaney draws a parallel between the sacrament of baptism and the spring of inspiration.
Heaney has written 11 volumes of poetry, a play and three collections of criticism, including "The Redress of Poetry," being published in the United States next month.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-srv/projects/stpats/seamus.htm   (858 words)

 Emory University News Release - seamus
Heaney made the announcement Tuesday, Sept. 23 prior to a reading at Emory in honor of the university’s recently retired president, William M. Chace.
The acquisition of the Heaney papers is the culmination of a collecting initiative that has spanned more than 15 years and that now includes the archives of many of the finest contemporary poets.
Heaney, who was born in County Derry in Northern Ireland in 1939, is widely regarded as one of the finest English language poets of our time.
www.news.emory.edu /Releases/seamus1064430623.html   (857 words)

 Essay: Seamus Heaney Essay. - Coursework.Info
Seamus Heaney Essay Many of Heaney's poems are about death, decay or loss of some kind.
Seamus Heaney was born in 1939 in County Derry in Northern Ireland.
In these many poems where he does talk about loss Heaney does not always mean it literally like in 'The Early Purges' when he loses his own opinions and sentimentality as well as the literal things like the kittens.
www.coursework.info /A2_and_A-Level/English_Literature/Poetry/Post-1770/Seamus_Heaney/Seamus_Heaney_Essay_L48902.html   (278 words)

 Fabienne Marsh - "Seamus Heaney at Harvard"   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Heaney riffled through a pile of poems, selected a few, wondered if all twelve students had copies, then politely asked one member of the class if he would mind reading his poem, "Sonnet for the Defense'.
Heaney encouraged students to reach for new ways of articulating but, when confused by the results, he asked basic questions that would humiliate if posed by anyone less gentle than himself.
Heaney smiled and taunted the woman who, presumably, was as Catholic as the poet: 'To remind you of where you were on Ash Wednesday,' he said.
www.fabiennemarsh.com /work8.htm   (1169 words)

 Seamus Heaney ★ Steven Barclay Agency
Heaney was born on April 13, 1939, the eldest of nine children, to Margaret and Patrick Heaney, at the family farm, Mossbawn, about 30 miles northwest of Belfast in County Derry.
Seamus Heaney was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995.
In this new translation, commissioned by Ireland's renowned Abbey Theatre to commemorate its centenary, Seamus Heaney exposes the darkness and the humanity in Sophocles' masterpiece, and inks it with his own modern and masterly touch.
www.barclayagency.com /heaney.html   (817 words)

 Gale - Free Resources - Poet's Corner - Biographies - Seamus Justin Heaney   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Seamus Justin Heaney's attempts to develop poetic language in which meaning and sound are intimately related result in concentrated, sensually evocative poems characterized by assonant phrasing, richly descriptive adjectives, and witty metaphors.
Buttel writes in Seamus Heaney: "Augmenting the physical authenticity and the clean, decisive art of the best of the early poems, mainly the ones concerned with the impact of the recollected initiatory experiences of childhood and youth, is the human voice that speaks in them.
Heaney is very much in the Irish tradition in that he has learned, more successfully than most, to conceive of his personal experience in terms of his country's history....
www.gale.com /free_resources/poets/bio/heaney_s.htm   (4735 words)

Seamus Heaney in the college cafeteria line at Harvard: The woman serving holds her scoop aloft.
When I was studying at Harvard, people often wrung their hands on behalf of Seamus, as everyone familiarly calls him, even as they counted on him to appear at their colloquia and readings and parties, to remember their names, and (always) to charm.
Heaney's generosity and graciousness pervade all aspects of his public existence, and he is an especially fine teacher of poetry.
www.mrbauld.com /heaney.html   (1636 words)

 Amazon.com: Beowulf: A New Verse Translation: Books: Seamus Heaney   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Heaney claims that when he began his translation it all too often seemed "like trying to bring down a megalith with a toy hammer." The poem's challenges are many: its strong four-stress line, heavy alliteration, and profusion of kennings could have been daunting.
Heaney's "Beowulf" beat the latest "Harry Potter" novel for that prestigious honor by a single vote, proving the adolescent wizard to be as formidable an opponent as a grim monster from a mere.
Heaney's translation of Beowulf is an instance of the general practice of celebrity poets reinterpreting classical works for modern audiences.
www.amazon.com /Beowulf-Verse-Translation-Seamus-Heaney/dp/0374111197   (2575 words)

 The Academy of American Poets - Seamus Heaney
Literary Allusion and the Poetry of Seamus Heaney
Seamus Heaney was born on April 13, 1939, in Castledawson, County Derry, Northern Ireland.
Seamus Heaney is a Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and held the chair of Professor of Poetry at Oxford from 1989 to 1994.
www.poets.org /poet.php/prmPID/211   (454 words)

 Seamus Heaney
"Anger and nostalgia: Seamus Heaney and the ghost of the father." Long and cogent article on anger and its transformation in Heaney's poetry, and his use of the past.
Seamus Heaney: The Poet and His Tradition on the influence of the English literary tradition, especially Wordsworth, on Heaney, in Linguistics and Literature, Vol.
Seamus Heaney praises Eminem "American rap star Eminem has been praised by leading poet Seamus Heaney for his 'verbal energy'".
www.literaryhistory.com /20thC/Heaney.htm   (1332 words)

 Seamus Heaney
Anger and nostalgia: Seamus Heaney and the ghost of the father.(Critical Essay)
Seamus Heaney and the Importance of Larkin.(Philip Larkin)
The use of memory: Seamus Heaney, T. Eliot, and the unpublished epigraph to North.
www.infoplease.com /ce6/people/A0823109.html   (384 words)

 Poet: Seamus Heaney - All poems of Seamus Heaney
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 Metroactive Arts | LQ: Seamus Heaney
Seamus Heaney was born on a farm west of Belfast in Northern Ireland.
Henry Hart, the author of Seamus Heaney: Poet of Contrary Progressions, said in a newspaper account that Heaney "experienced a great deal of guilt" when he moved away from Northern Ireland where "The Troubles" had so divided the people and where so many of his friends had been martyred.
Heaney's poetry is rich in rural metaphors; the Wall Street Journal talks about his "turfy sensuousness." But his poetry often suggests something more, something deeper, something vaguely disquieting.
www.metroactive.com /papers/metro/11.09.95/Heaney-9545.html   (1163 words)

This page attempts to bring together for the student's critical understanding, the social, political, historical and literary context in which Seamus Heaney writes.
Seamus Heaney was born in Derry, as were the sisters who first taught at the site where Ursula Frayne Catholic College now exists
Seamus Heaney:A Biography - by Jonathon Bing — emphasis on the soil as emblematic
www.geocities.com /Athens/Oracle/3211/heaney.html   (689 words)

 Seamus Heaney - Poetry Archive
Heaney's poetry is grounded in actual, local detail, often in memories of Derry or observation of his adopted home in the Republic of Ireland.
In 'Fosterling', Heaney writes of "waiting until I was nearly fifty / to credit marvels"; his later poetry is certainly open to the marvellous, such as the mysterious ship that appears to the monks in the extract from 'Squarings'.
In his intimate reading style, Heaney balances a sense of natural speech with his commitment to what he has described as "a musically satisfying order of sounds".
www.poetryarchive.org /poetryarchive/singlePoet.do?poetId=1392   (516 words)

 Age ripens Heaney's ardent poetry
For the glittering, disappearing aboveground, Heaney uses language of his Catholic youth; the people above are, "habitu├ęs/ Of their garden of delights, of staggered summer," countless miles from the dank, subterranean station.
Heaney willingly, even excitedly, parts with this tempting scene to craft his dolorous notes from the underground.
Perhaps most poignantly, Heaney writes in his adaptation of Horace: "Anything can happen, the tallest towers/ Be overturned." By delicately invoking the twin towers via ancient Rome, Heaney reminds us that war and terrorism, especially, are nothing new, and history rewards the forgetful with fisticuffs.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/05/28/RVGV0IUJ7J1.DTL&type=books   (504 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Beowulf: A New Translation: Books: Seamus Heaney   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Heaney has chosen the plain, prosaic yet subtly cadenced vernacular of his Northern Irish roots as the poetic voice into which he renders this famous Anglo-Saxon fabular epic of a dragon-slaying Danish warrior.
In this new translation, Seamus Heaney has produced a work that is true, line by line, to the original poem.
The introduction by Seamus Heaney is interesting but would mostly be of use to those studying Beowulf, rather than the casual reader.
www.amazon.co.uk /Beowulf-New-Translation-Seamus-Heaney/dp/0571203760   (1181 words)

 Seamus Heaney
Seamus Heaney was born near Castledawson, County Derry, and grew up on his father's cattle farm.
After NORTH (1975), in which Heaney addressed the ongoing civil strife in Northern Ireland, he was considered the finest Irish poet since W.B. Yeats, and with Ted Hughes among the leading poets in the English-speaking world.
by Eugene O'Brien (2003); Seamus Heaney: In Conversation with Karl Miller by Karl Miller and Seamus Heaney (2002);
www.kirjasto.sci.fi /heaney.htm   (1154 words)

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