'The bilingual race /And truth of that water': Seamus Heaney and the Irish Language

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Abstract

This article examines Seamus Heaney’s interactions with the Irish language. Irish-language elements in Heaney’s work are markers of cultural identity, but exist within a complex relationship with English in which – I argue – dialogue across languages, not authenticity, is the driving poetic force.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-23
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of European Studies
Volume46
Issue number1
Early online date11 Jan 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016

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Keywords

  • Seamus Heaney
  • Irish language
  • Irish poetry
  • translation

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