English 202 - Heaney and Muldoon

English 202 - Heaney and Muldoon - Postmodernism into the...

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Postmodernism into the Present: Language, Community, and Poetic Responsibility Postmodern Poetic qualities Possibilities of language because of its inadequacy, rather than frustration with its inadequacy Delight in meaninglessness, rather than anxiety over meaninglessness Return to political issues in literature (think: 1970s slogan “The Personal is Political”) Play, punning, wit, juxtaposition Seamus Heaney (b. 1939) Grew up in a Roman Catholic family in Protestant North Ireland, near border between North Ireland and Irish Republic Queen’s University in Belfast 1972 – moved to Dublin, to teach at Carysfort College Since 1985, Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard 1995 – won Nobel Prize in Literature (see handout) Considered both a private poet and a public poet deals with personal emotion in poems about his family and origins supports Catholic civil rights movement in politically oriented poems Poetic influences
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course ENGL 202 taught by Professor Crome-romanovski during the Winter '08 term at Ohio State.

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English 202 - Heaney and Muldoon - Postmodernism into the...

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