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Seamus Heaney and the Adequacy of Poetry

John Dennison


Seamus Heaney’s prose poetics return repeatedly to the adequacy of poetry, and its ameliorative, restorative response to the violence of public historical life. It is a curiously equivocal ideal, and as such most clearly demonstrates the intellectual origins, the humanist character, and the inherent strains of these poetics, the work of one of the world’s leading poet-critics of the last thirty years. This book is the first study of the development of Heaney’s thought and its central theme. Eschewing the tendency of Heaney critics to endorse or expand on the poet’s poetics in largely adulatory ... More

Keywords: Seamus Heaney, poetics, prose, humanism, Arnold, adequate, Christian, history, transcendent, development

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198739197
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198739197.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Dennison, author
University Chaplain, Anglican Diocese of Wellington