Questions tagged [seamus-heaney]

Questions about the Northern Irish poet, playwright and translator Seamus Heaney (1939 – 2013) and his works. Heaney was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995.

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Meaning of "Ephete" in Seamus Heaney's "The Stations of the West"

So far, the only definition I've managed to get is "a member of an ancient Athenian court that tried certain murder cases" (Merriam-Webster), but since the poem is about traveling to the ...
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In Seamus Heaney's 'North', why are the Vikings' voices "lifted in violence and epiphany"?

Seamus Heaney's poem 'North' contains these lines: those fabulous raiders, those lying in Orkney and Dublin […] were ocean-deafened voices warning me, lifted again in violence and epiphany. It would ...
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Why is Seamus Heaney's "The Cure at Troy" so often quoted in political contexts?

The Cure at Troy is Seamus Heaney's translation and adaptation of Sophocles's Philoctetes set during the Trojan War. It seems to be very often quoted by politicians: most recently by British prime ...
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Meaning of lines explaining Hrothgar's ruling in Heorot

I'm reading Seamus Heaney's translation of Beowulf and when the poet talks about Heorot Hall (lines 71 through 73) he says it would be his throne-room and there he would dispense his God-given ...
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In the poem "North" by Seamus Heaney, what is meant by the Aurora Borealis line and the word "nubbed"?

I'm taking notes and learning about the poem "North" by Seamus Heaney, and would like help with the literary analysis of some lines. What is meant by: Expect aurora Borealis in the long foray, but ...
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