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Author Russell, Richard Rankin
Title Poetry & peace : Michael Longley, Seamus Heaney, and Northern Ireland / Richard Rankin Russell
Imprint Notre Dame, Ind. : University of Notre Dame Press, c2010
book jacket
 Euro-Am Studies Lib 2F  821.914 L862zRu 2010    AVAILABLE  -  30500101408535
Descript xiv, 389 p. ; 23 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 356-380) and index
Introduction: Northern Irish poetry, imagination, and ethics -- Laying the foundations: the Belfast Group and Michael Longley's conciliatory cultural work -- Lighting out for the unknown territory: Longley's No continuing city -- Longley's poetry of war and peace -- Fragility and ceremony: Longley's pastorals, holocaust elegies and Asian miniatures -- "To make myself an echo chamber": Seamus Heaney's auditory imagination -- The road to Derry, Wintering out and North: Northern dialects, Northern violence -- Field work through The haw lantern: burrowing inward, looking outward -- Redressing reality: seeing things through district and circle -- Coda: poetry and the Northern Irish peace process
Michael Longley and Seamus Heaney's lives and careers have been intertwined since the 1960s, when they participated in the Belfast Group of creative writers and later edited the literary journal Northern Review. In Poetry and Peace: Michael Longley, Seamus Heaney, and Northern Ireland, Richard Rankin Russell explores Longley's and Heaney's poetic fidelity to the imagination in the midst of the war in Northern Ireland and their creation, through poetry, of a powerful cultural and sacred space. This space, Russell argues, has contributed to cultural and religious dialog and thus helped enable reconciliation after the years of the Troubles. The first chapter examines the influence of the Belfast Group on Longley and Heaney's shared aesthetic of poetry. Successive chapters analyze major works of both poets. Russell offers close readings of poems in the context of the poets' cultural and political concerns for the province. He concludes by showing how thoroughly their poetic language has entered the cultural, educational, and political discourse of contemporary Northern Ireland as it pursues the process of peace
Subject Longley, Michael, 1939- -- Criticism and interpretation
Longley, Michael, 1939- -- Aesthetics
Heaney, Seamus, 1939- -- Criticism and interpretation
Heaney, Seamus, 1939- -- Aesthetics
Belfast Group
Political violence in literature
Poets, Irish -- 20th century -- Political and social views
Northern Ireland -- In literature
Reconciliation -- Northern Ireland
Alt Title Poetry and peace
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