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Strange Likeness: The Use of Old English in Twentieth-Century Poetry

Chris Jones

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199278329
eISBN:
9780191707889
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199278329.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This book provides the first full account of how major 20th-century poets studied, appropriated, and redeployed Old English (or Anglo-Saxon) poetry in their own work. The book concentrates on the ... More


‘Something a little nearer home’: The Intersection of Art and Politics

in Sympathetic Ink: Intertextual Relations in Northern Irish Poetry

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846310324
eISBN:
9781846314148
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846310324.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter examines the strategies employed by Northern Irish poets who offer what Neil Corcoran has called ‘situatings, enquiries into symptoms and origins, trajectories of malaise’, and briefly ... More


Commanding Voices

in Shades of Authority: The Poetry of Lowell, Hill and Heaney

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846311178
eISBN:
9781846314049
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846314049.011
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter explores the influence of other poets' works on Seamus Heaney's poetry. Heaney's engagement with the shades of others has enabled him to test and develop his own poetic authority. ... More


“To construct something upon which to rejoice”: Seamus Heaney’s Prose Revisions

John Dennison

in Writing Modern Ireland

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780989082693
eISBN:
9781781382417
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780989082693.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This essay examines Seamus Heaney's revisions to his prose works, suggesting that such revisions enabled Heaney to establish his public authority as a poet. It contends that Heaney's prose revisions ... More


Serious Poetry: Form and Authority from Yeats to Hill

Peter McDonald

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199235803
eISBN:
9780191714542
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199235803.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Do we want to read poetry, or just like having a few poets to talk about? The history of poetry in 20th-century Britain and Ireland is one which ends with the assimilation of successful poets into a ... More


To Construct Something upon which to Rejoice

John Dennison

in Seamus Heaney and the Adequacy of Poetry

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780198739197
eISBN:
9780191802331
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198739197.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Heaney’s election in 1989 to Oxford Professor of Poetry heralds an enormously productive period that culminates with the publication of the collected Oxford and Nobel lectures in 1995. His expanding ... More


Three Critics: T. S. Eliot, Seamus Heaney, Geoffrey Hill

PETER McDONALD

in Serious Poetry: Form and Authority from Yeats to Hill

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199235803
eISBN:
9780191714542
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199235803.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

T. S. Eliot lived to experience the fullest extent of his own critical authority, and, to judge from the evidence of his later essays and addresses, he became increasingly bemused by the weight which ... More


‘The Eye That Scanned it’: The Art of Looking in Northern Irish Poetry

in Sympathetic Ink: Intertextual Relations in Northern Irish Poetry

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846310324
eISBN:
9781846314148
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846310324.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter offers a comparative study of ‘the gaze’ of both Paul Muldoon and Medbh McGuckian. It discusses not only the poets' reactions to other people's art but also how the different structures ... More


The Humanist Wager

John Dennison

in Seamus Heaney and the Adequacy of Poetry

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780198739197
eISBN:
9780191802331
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198739197.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

In the wake of the 1994 ceasefire in Northern Ireland and his Nobel Prize, Heaney’s prose assumes a larger public address, and his poetics as a whole expand beyond an intensive apology for the ... More


‘Roaming root of multiple meanings’: Irish Language and Identity

in Sympathetic Ink: Intertextual Relations in Northern Irish Poetry

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846310324
eISBN:
9781846314148
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846310324.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter explores how Paul Muldoon and Medbh McGuckian cope with the contentious issue of Irishness, and how they use intertextuality to stave off what Thomas Kinsella has diagnosed as the ... More


Mutable Redress

in Shades of Authority: The Poetry of Lowell, Hill and Heaney

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846311178
eISBN:
9781846314049
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846314049.010
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter examines Seamus Heaney's notion of poetic redress. His work reflects a conflict between the seemingly irreconcilable imperatives to trust in poetry as a mode of redress — as agent for ... More


The Voices of My Education

John Dennison

in Seamus Heaney and the Adequacy of Poetry

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780198739197
eISBN:
9780191802331
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198739197.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Spanning the years 1956–65, Chapter one asks ‘Where does Seamus Heaney’s preoccupation with poetry’s adequacy begin?’ It commences where Heaney scholarship to date has on this question, with the ... More


Elements of Continuity

John Dennison

in Seamus Heaney and the Adequacy of Poetry

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780198739197
eISBN:
9780191802331
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198739197.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

With the outbreak of widespread sectarian violence in 1969, Heaney’s inherited interest in the restorative function of poetry becomes an urgent, first-hand concern. Over the next five years, the ... More


A Shift in Trust

John Dennison

in Seamus Heaney and the Adequacy of Poetry

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780198739197
eISBN:
9780191802331
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198739197.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Exacerbated by external pressures, a crisis emerges within the inherited terms of Heaney’s poetics, forcing him to delineate more precisely the nature of poetry’s distinctiveness and efficacy. The ... More


Poetry is its Own Reality

John Dennison

in Seamus Heaney and the Adequacy of Poetry

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780198739197
eISBN:
9780191802331
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198739197.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Where the previous six or so years have seen a gradual redefinition and tightening of his conception of poetry’s relationship to life, Heaney now sets that account within an explicitly humanist ... More


‘Fine contrary excess’: Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon and Thomas’s Northern Irish Afterlives

Tom Walker

in Reading Dylan Thomas

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781474411554
eISBN:
9781474459723
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411554.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Dylan Thomas’s work is indebted in many ways to the two giants of early twentieth-century Irish literature, W. B. Yeats and James Joyce, as many critics have acknowledged. Yet Thomas’s work has also ... More


Introduction: The Idea of Adequacy

John Dennison

in Seamus Heaney and the Adequacy of Poetry

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780198739197
eISBN:
9780191802331
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198739197.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Central to Seamus Heaney’s developing account of poetry’s ameliorative relationship to the world is the idea of poetry’s adequacy. In its suggestions of equilibrium and sufficiency, the term ... More


Finding a Post-Colonial Voice for Antigone: Seamus Heaney’s Burial at Thebes

Stephen E. Wilmer

in Classics in Post-Colonial Worlds

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199296101
eISBN:
9780191712135
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296101.003.0014
Subject:
Classical Studies, World History: BCE to 500CE

The themes of the continually colonial and the neocolonial are prominent in this chapter’s discussion of Seamus Heaney’s Burial at Thebes. The chapter situates the discussion in the context of what ... More


Slow Erosions: Seamus Heaney and the Aftermath of Modernism

Nicholas Allen

in Modernism, Postcolonialism, and Globalism: Anglophone Literature, 1950 to the Present

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780199980963
eISBN:
9780190910846
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199980963.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Focusing on Seamus Heaney’s poetry, this chapter explores the limitations of Irish postcolonial criticism. Acknowledging the invigorating influence of Said on Irish critics, it nevertheless argues ... More


Digital Mouvance: Once and Future Medieval Poetry Remediated in the Modern World

Chris Jones

in The Middle Ages in the Modern World: Twenty-first century perspectives

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780197266144
eISBN:
9780191860027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197266144.003.0010
Subject:
History, Cultural History

Chris Jones provides a unique insight into his involvement with two literary projects: Twitter poems composed with Jacob Polley as well as an Apple app of Seamus Heaney’s version of Robert Henryson’s ... More


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