SEAMUS HEANEY BASIC INFORMATION Seamus Heaney was born

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SEAMUS HEANEY

SEAMUS HEANEY

BASIC INFORMATION � Seamus Heaney was born in Northern Ireland in 1939, he was

BASIC INFORMATION � Seamus Heaney was born in Northern Ireland in 1939, he was one of nine children. � He first began publishing poetry in 1962 when he was living and working as a teacher, in Belfast, where he had studied literature at university. � Heaney was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995, recognising that he had produced "in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction“ (Alfred Nobel). � Heaney died in 2013.

FAMILY LIFE � Heaney’s parents came from very different social backgrounds (rural and industrial)

FAMILY LIFE � Heaney’s parents came from very different social backgrounds (rural and industrial) he considered this to be a tension throughout his life. � He grew up on a small farm which dealt primarily in cattle. � When he was 12 years old he won a scholarship to St Columb College in Derry. � While he was studying here, his younger brother Christopher died (age 4), in a road accident. Heaney wrote about this in his poems.

LITERARY CAREER � Throughout his career as a poet, Heaney also worked as a

LITERARY CAREER � Throughout his career as a poet, Heaney also worked as a lecturer in universities in Ireland, England the United States. � He published numerous volumes of poetry during his career which stretched from the early 1960 s, to his death in 2013. � Heaney also won a number of literary awards and honours, including the Nobel Prize, The Griffin Poetry Prize Life Time Recognition Award and was elected as a Saoi of Aosdana (the Irish Association of Artists)

IMPORTANT WORKS Death of a Naturalist 1966 � Field Work- 1979 � The Spirit

IMPORTANT WORKS Death of a Naturalist 1966 � Field Work- 1979 � The Spirit Level- 1996 � District and Circle 2006 � Human Chain- 2010 �

FOCUS OF HIS WORKS His work often deals with the local surroundings of Ireland,

FOCUS OF HIS WORKS His work often deals with the local surroundings of Ireland, particularly in Northern Ireland, where he was born. � Allusions to sectarian difference, widespread in Northern Ireland through his lifetime, can be found in his poems. � He was concerned, as a poet and a translator, with the English language itself as it is spoken in Ireland but also as spoken elsewhere and in other times � He is known for engaging with poetry as a necessary engine for cultural and personal change. �

READ THE ARTICLE ABOUT HEANEY AT THE START OF YOUR BOOKLET AND ANSWER THE

READ THE ARTICLE ABOUT HEANEY AT THE START OF YOUR BOOKLET AND ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS… � How does the author describe Heaney’s personality? � How does Heaney’s poetry contrast with poetic trends? How was this appealing to some readers? � What subjects did Heaney explore in his poetry? � According to the author, what makes Heaney a great poet? � How does Heaney’s poetry respond to the political unrest in Ireland according to the author of this article?

VOCABULARY � Find and record the meanings of the following words. � Nostalgia �

VOCABULARY � Find and record the meanings of the following words. � Nostalgia � Anarchic � Archaic � Dissonance � Bigotry � Reconcile � Redolent