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The Resource Seamus Heaney and the emblems of hope, Karen Marguerite Moloney

Seamus Heaney and the emblems of hope, Karen Marguerite Moloney

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Seamus Heaney and the emblems of hope
Title
Seamus Heaney and the emblems of hope
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Karen Marguerite Moloney
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Language
eng
Summary
"A rich body of mythology and literature has grown around the Celtic ritual known as the Feis of Tara or 2marriage of sovereignty3{u2014}ancient ceremonies in which the future king pledges to care for the land and serve the goddess of sovereignty. Seamus Heaney, whose writing has attracted the overwhelming share of critical attention directed toward contemporary Irish poetry, has engaged this symbolic tradition in some of his most significant{u2014}and controversial{u2014}work. Seamus Heaney and the Emblems of Hope explores examines Heaney{u2019}s use of the family of sovereignty motifs and redresses the imbalance of criticism that has overemphasized the theme of sacrifice to the detriment of more optimistic symbols. Moreover, Moloney reviews the development of the marriage motif in Irish poetry from the ninth to the twenty-first centuries with a focus on Heaney{u2019}s adaptations from The Frenzy of Sweeney and The Midnight Court and on the work of such poets as Kinsella, Montague, Boland, and Ní Dhomhnaill. Karen Marguerite Moloney examines the central role that Heaney assigns the Feis of Tara in his response to the crisis of Ulster and to the general spiritual bankruptcy of our times, showing in his verse how the relationship of the male lover to the goddess{u2014}particularly in her more repugnant guises{u2014}serves as prototype for the humility and deference needed to repair the effects of English colonization of Ireland and, by extension, centuries of worldwide patriarchal abuse. Through close, sustained readings of poems previously overlooked or misinterpreted, such as 2Ocean{u2019}s Love to Ireland,3 2Come to the Bower,3 and 2Bone Dreams3{u2014}poems that Irish feminist critics have deemed flawed and distressingly sexist{u2014}Moloney refutes views that have long stood unchallenged. She also considers the direction of Heaney{u2019}s more recent poems, which continue to resonate to the twin demands of conscience and artistic integrity. An impeccably researched and immensely readable work, Seamus Heaney and the Emblems of Hope reveals that Heaney{u2019}s poetry offers a reverence for archetypal femininity and Dionysian energy that can counter the sterility and violence of postcolonial Irish life. Moloney shows us that, in the tradition of poets who preceded him, Heaney turns to the marriage of sovereignty to encode a message for our times{u2014}and to offer up emblems of hope on behalf of us all."--Publishers website
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DLC
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1951-
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Moloney, Karen Marguerite
Dewey number
821/.914
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PR6058.E2
LC item number
Z774 2007
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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University of Missouri Press
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  • Heaney, Seamus
  • Mythology, Celtic, in literature
  • Sovereignty in literature
  • English poetry
  • Irish poetry
  • Ireland
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Seamus Heaney and the emblems of hope, Karen Marguerite Moloney
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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85892262
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xix, 212 pages
Isbn
9780826217448
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2007008872
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)85892262
Label
Seamus Heaney and the emblems of hope, Karen Marguerite Moloney
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
85892262
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xix, 212 pages
Isbn
9780826217448
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2007008872
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)85892262

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