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Author Heaney, Seamus, 1939-2013, author, speaker

Title The government of the tongue : the 1986 T.S. Eliot memorial lectures and other critical writings / Seamus Heaney
Published London ; New York : Faber and Faber, 1988
London, England ; Boston, Massachusetts : Faber and Faber, 1988
Chatham, Kent : Mackays of Chatham


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 W'PONDS  809.104 H4348/G  AVAILABLE
Description 171 pages ; 23 cm
Series T.S. Eliot memorial lectures (London, England) ; 1986
Contents The Interesting Case of Nero, Chekhov's Cognac and a Knocker -- The Placeless Heaven: Another Look at Kavanagh -- The Main of Light -- The Murmur of Malven -- The Poems of the Dispossessed Repossessed -- The Impact of Translation -- The Fully Exposed Poem -- Atlas of Civilization -- Osip and Nadezhda Mandelstam -- The Government of the Tongue -- Sounding Auden -- Lowell's Command -- The Indefatigable Hoof-taps: Sylvia Plath
Summary "In this thematically coherent book of critical essays selected from his prose writings since 'Preoccupations' (1984), Seamus Heaney scrutinizes the work of several poets, British and Irish, American and European. His subjects exemplify a devotion to the art of poetry that is complicated by their recognition of poetry's apparent indifference or ineffectuality in a world where suffering and injustice are prevalent. Their typical problem arises when they experience the gulf, which is always potentially there, between artistic integrity and other responsibilities, civic and humane. Heaney is also interested in writers' acceptance or rejection of these restraints, implicit or legislated, which societies tend to impose upon freedom of utterance. The book of 'The Government of the Tongue' carries suggestions of both monastic discipline and untrammelled romanticism, and is meant to raise an old question about the rights and status of poetic utterance itself. Should it be governed? Should it be the governor?"
Analysis Poetry in English, 1900- - Critical studies
Notes Title within border; publisher's device at head of title; copyright, manufacutre, and edition statements from title verso
Bibliography Includes index
Notes Bound in red cloth over boards. Spine title stamped in white. Issued in red paper dust jacket
Text in English
Subject Heaney, Seamus, 1939-2013 -- Literary collections.
American poetry -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
English poetry -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Irish poetry -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Poetry, Modern -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Genre/Form Essays.
Author Faber and Faber, publisher
Mackays of Chatham (Chatham, England), printer
Wilmaset (Firm), compositor
LC no. 89114445
ISBN 057114151X