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The redress of poetry

Verfasser/in: Seamus Heaney
Verlag: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1995.
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These lectures were delivered by Seamus Heaney while he was Professor of Poetry at Oxford University. In the first of them, Heaney discusses and celebrates poetry's special ability to redress spiritual balance and to function as a counterweight to hostile and oppressive forces in the world. He proceeds to explore how this 'redress' manifests itself in a diverse range of poems and poets, including Christopher
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Gattung/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Dokumenttyp: Buch
Alle Autoren: Seamus Heaney
ISBN: 0374248532 9780374248536
OCLC-Nummer: 32548359
Beschreibung: 211 pages ; 21 cm
Inhalt: The redress of poetry --
Extending the alphabet : on Christopher Marlowe's 'Hero and Leander' --
Orpheus in Ireland : on Brian Merriman's The midnight court --
John Clare's Prog --
Speranza in Reading : on 'The ballad of Reading Gaol' --
A torchlight procession of one : on Hugh MacDiarmid --
Dylan the durable? : on Dylan Thomas --
Joy or night : last things in the poetry of W.B. Yeats and Philip Larkin --
Counting to a hundred : on Elizabeth Bishop --
Frontiers of writing.
Verfasserangabe: Seamus Heaney.

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These lectures were delivered by Seamus Heaney while he was Professor of Poetry at Oxford University. In the first of them, Heaney discusses and celebrates poetry's special ability to redress spiritual balance and to function as a counterweight to hostile and oppressive forces in the world. He proceeds to explore how this 'redress' manifests itself in a diverse range of poems and poets, including Christopher Marlowe's 'Hero and Leander', 'The Midnight Court' by the eighteenth-century Irish poet Brian Merriman, John Clare's vernacular writing and Oscar Wilde's 'The Ballad of Reading Gaol'. Several twentieth-century poets are also discussed - W. B. Yeats, Dylan Thomas, Elizabeth Bishop and others - and the whole book constitutes a vivid proof of the claim that 'poetry is strong enough to help'.

Seamus Heaney defines the title of this work of criticism as follows: "To redress poetry is to know and celebrate it for its forcibleness as itself . . . not only as a matter of profferd argument and edifying content but as a matter of angelic potential, a motion of the soul." Throughout this collection, Heaney's insight and eloquence are themselves of a poetic order.

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