The Poetry of Seamus Heaney, Paperback

The Poetry of Seamus Heaney Paperback

Edited by Elmer Kennedy-Andrews

Part of the Icon Reader's Guides to Essential Criticism series



Seamus Heaney first achieved recognition with the publication of his early poems in Belfast newspapers in 1961. Since then, he has been hailed by Robert Lowell as 'the most important Irish poet since Yeats', won an unprecedented number of literary prizes and awards, drawn wide-ranging critical acclaim and achieved sales that are rare in the world of poetry .

Most school and university students will have studied Heaney's work, and many will have heard him speak during his frequent lecture tours and television appearances. More than any other twentieth-century poet, Heaney has brought a mass audience to the arena of serious poetry.

In this Readers' Guide, Elmer Andrews explores the critical debates surrounding Heaney's work and popular appeal.

Issues of cultural identity and nationality, debates on the power of language and the function of verse are clarified and explored in the writings gathered in this volume. Beginning with consideration of the early collection, Death of a Naturalist, the Guide reviews and contextualises the material on successive volumes so that students of Heaney's verse will find an accessible pathway through the most important critical writings on this major poet.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192 pages, bibliography
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Literary studies: from c 1900 -
  • ISBN: 9781840461374



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