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Author Laverty, Christopher.

Title Seamus Heaney and American poetry / Christopher Laverty
Published Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, 2022


Description 1 online resource (251 pages)
Series New Directions in Irish and Irish American Literature
New directions in Irish and Irish American literature.
Contents Chapter 1 -- Introduction: America and Northern Ireland -- Chapter 2 -- Belfast: Heaney in the 1960s -- Chapter 3 -- California 1970-71 -- Chapter 4 -- Together and Apart: Heaney and Lowell -- Chapter 5 -- The Walk on Air: Heaney and Bishop -- Chapter 6 -- American Poetry and Heaneys Final Works -- Chapter 7 -- Conclusion
Summary This book examines the influence of American poetry on Seamus Heaneys achievement by close attention to the themes, style, and resonances of his poetry at different stages of his career, including his appointments in Berkeley and Harvard. Beginning with an examination of Heaneys education at Queens University, this study presents comparative close readings which explore the influence of five American poets he read during this period: Robert Frost, John Crowe Ransom, Theodore Roethke, Robert Lowell, and Elizabeth Bishop. Laverty demonstrates how Heaney returned to several of these poets in response to difficulty and to consolidate later aesthetic developments. Heaneys ambivalent critical treatment of Sylvia Plath is investigated, as is his partial misreading of Bishop, who is understood today more sensitively than in her lifetime. This study also probes the reasons for his elision of other prominent American writers, making this the first comprehensive assessment of American influence on Heaneys poetry. Dr Christopher Laverty is an academic researcher based at Queens University, Belfast, where he completed his PhD in 2019. His work has been published in Twentieth-century Literature, Irish Studies Review, and Estudios Irlandeses
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (SpringerLink, viewed May 24, 2022)
Subject Heaney, Seamus, 1939-2013.
Heaney, Seamus, 1939-2013.
English poetry -- Irish authors -- History and criticism
American poetry -- Appreciation -- Ireland
American poetry -- 20th century -- History and criticism
American poetry.
American poetry -- Appreciation.
English poetry -- Irish authors.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9783030955687