The Soul Exceeds Its Circumstances: The Later Poetry of Seamus Heaney

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The Soul Exceeds Its Circumstances: The Later Poetry of Seamus Heaney

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The Soul Exceeds its Circumstances brings together sixteen of the most prominent scholars who have written on Seamus Heaney to examine the Nobel Prize winner s later poetry from a variety of critical and theoretical perspectives. While a great deal of attention has been devoted to Heaney s early and middle poems–the Bog Poems in particular–this book focuses on the poetry collected in Heaney s Seeing Things (1991), The Spirit Level (1996), Electric Light (2001), District and Circle (2006), and Human Chain (2010) as a thematically connected set of writings. The starting point of the essays in this collection is that these later poems can be grouped in terms of style, theme, approach, and intertextuality. They develop themes that were apparent in Heaney s earlier work, but they also break with these themes and address issues that are radically different from those of the earlier collections.

The essays are divided into five sections, focusi