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Seamus Heaney: Comprehensive Research and Study Guide (Bloom's Major Poets)


Seamus Heaney has been called the most important poet since Yeats. Much of his work portrays the intensity of the Irish experience. Study the poet's work with this text, including "North," "Singing School," "Glanmore Sonnets," "The Harvest Bow," "Ugolino," "Station Island," and "The Haw Lantern."




User's Guide                                              7

About the Editor                                          8

Editor's Note                                             9

Introduction                                               10

Biography of Seamus Heaney                                 18

Critical Analysis of "North"                               21

Critical Views on "North"                                  25

  P.R. King on Nature as Salve                            25

  Henry Hart on Heaney's Dismantling of Heroic Myths     27

  Rand Brandes on Heaney's Connections Between Poet and  29


  Charles L. O'Neill on Heaney's Reaction to Ireland's Violence  31

Critical Analysis of "Singing School"                      34

Critical Views on "Singing School"                         37

  Edna Longley on the Lack of Impact in "Singing School"  37

  Michael Molino on the Poet's Place                      39

  Eammon Hughes on Heaney's Struggle for Identity         41

  Lucy McDiarmid on the State vs. the Poet                42

Critical Analysis of the "Glanmore Sonnets"                45

Critical Views on the "Glanmore Sonnets"                   50

  Neil Corcoran on Heaney's Reminder of Suffering        50

  Deborah McLoughlin on Heaney's Trauma                   52

  Sidney Burris on Heaney's Wordsworthian Childhood Vision  54

  Arthur E. McGuinness on Heaney's Inability to Find Peace  56

  Michael Parker on Merging Traditions in the "Glanmore  58


Critical Analysis of "The Harvest Bow"                     60

Critical Views on "The Harvest Bow"                        63

  Sidney Burrs on Heaney's Acceptance of Tradition's Symbolism  63

  Tony Curtis Sees Ireland's Need for Hope                64

  Henry Hart on the Poet's Relationship with His Father  66

  Daniel Tobin on the Transcendent Made Knowable          68

Critical Analysis of "Ugolino"                                71

Critical Views on "Ugolino"                                  75

  Tony Curtis on "Ugolino" as Mimicking Ireland's History  75

  John Hildebidle on Suffering in "Ugolino"                 76

  Michael Parker on Experiences of Pain                     78

Critical Analysis of "Station Island"                        80

Critical Views on "Station Island"                           83

  Barbara Hardy on the Strengths and Weaknesses of Heaney's  83


  Darcy O'Brien on the Disturbance at the End of "Station Island"  85

  Michael Molino on Facing the "Massacre"                   86

  Sammye Crawford Greer on the Transcendent Artistic     88


  Helen Vendler on "Station Island" as Presenting Varied  90


Critical Analysis of "The Haw Lantern"                      92

Critical Views on "The Haw Lantern"                         94

  Helen Vendler on Heaney's Widened Gaze                    94

  Frances Dixon Explains the Troubles of an Examined Life  96

  Daniel Tobin on Man's Growth                              97

Works by Seamus Heaney                                      100

Works about Seamus Heaney                                   102

Acknowledgments                                             107

Index of Themes and Ideas                                   109


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