Seamus Heaney and the Language Of Poetry  book cover
1st Edition

Seamus Heaney and the Language Of Poetry

ISBN 9780745007168
Published July 6, 1994 by Routledge
186 Pages

FREE Standard Shipping
USD $59.95

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Book Description

This book scrutinizes Heaney's language in order to examine his theory of poetry and the writer's responsibility to art and politics. The author, himself a poet, works chronologically through the poetry and discusses it in light of Heaney's writings on the appropriate language of poetry. Chapters also look at Heaney's language and at the government of the tongue.

Table of Contents

Introduction: "An art that knows its mind"  1. English or Irish lyric?  2. 60s Heaney  3. Phonetics and feeling - from "Wintering Out" to "Field Work"  4. 70s Heaney  5. "The Limbo of Lost Words" - the Sweeney complex  6. Beyond the alphabet - "The Haw Lantern" and "Seeing Things"  7. Heaney's "Ars Poetica" - Mandelstam, Dante and "The Government of the Tongue"  Conclusion.

View More



Bernard O'Donoghue is a poet and academic, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.