Precursors, the Environment and the West in Seamus Heaney's "Postscript".

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    • Author-Supplied Keywords:
      landscape
      Postscript
      Seamus Heaney
      The Peninsula
      W.B. Yeats
      paisaje
      Language of Keywords: English; Spanish
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    • Abstract:
      Being the final poem in Heaney's 1996 collection The Spirit Level, situates the poem "Postscript" significantly in Heaney's poetic oeuvre. The collection was Heaney's first to be published after winning the Nobel Prize for literature, it was also his first published amidst the changed social and political context following the 1994 paramilitary ceasefires in Northern Ireland. Here, I will explore the manner in which "Postscript" interacts with previous work by Heaney. Looking closely at the language, imagery and procedures of the poem, I argue that the poem embodies a fundamental shift in Heaney's approach to the natural environment but that this change is reliant on poetic procedures which Heaney had come to trust early in his career. Heaney's descriptive precision and openness to the "marvellous" combine to produce a uniquely effective poem. "Postscript" treats the natural world and the human subject in a manner atypical of Heaney's procedures yet stands among his most accomplished work. I will consider the manner in which Heaney's poem simultaneously exists "post" the "scripts" of literature mythologizing the West of Ireland while remaining in close dialogue with perhaps the most famous of these: Yeats's poem "The Wild Swans at Coole". [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
    • Abstract:
      Al tratarse del último poema del libro de 1996 The Spirit Level, de Seamus Heaney, "Postscript" tiene un lugar privilegiado en la obra poética del autor irlandés. Este poemario fue el primero que publicó tras ganar el premio Nobel de Literatura; también fue su primera obra publicada tras los cambios en el contexto político y social de Irlanda del Norte provocados por el cese de la lucha armada en 1994 por parte de grupos paramilitares. Este artículo examina la manera en la que "Postscript" interactúa con la producción poética anterior de Heaney. Tras un análisis exhaustivo del lenguaje, las imágenes empleadas y la organización del poema, se avanza la tesis de que en este texto Heaney efectúa un cambio en su enfoque del medio natural, aunque este cambio se basa en determinadas prácticas poéticas que Heaney había empezado a manejar al inicio de su carrera. La precisión descriptiva de Heaney y su apertura a lo "maravilloso" se combinan aquí para producir un poema de gran efectividad. En "Postscript" Heaney trata el mundo natural y el sujeto humano de una forma atípica dentro de su trayectoria; al mismo tiempo este texto se destaca como una de sus mejores creaciones. Se considerará asimismo la manera en la que el poema pervive tras los "post" de aquellos escritos ("scripts") que ahondan en la mitología del oeste de Irlanda, al tiempo que dialoga con el más famoso de todos ellos, "The Wild Swans at Coole", de W.B. Yeats. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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    • Author Affiliations:
      1Ph.D. at the National University of Ireland
    • ISSN:
      1699-311X
    • Accession Number:
      132233583
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      MOORE, R. Precursors, the Environment and the West in Seamus Heaney’s “Postscript”. Estudios Irlandeses, [s. l.], v. 13, p. 69–81, 2018. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=132233583. Acesso em: 31 out. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Moore R. Precursors, the Environment and the West in Seamus Heaney’s “Postscript.” Estudios Irlandeses. 2018;13:69-81. Accessed October 31, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=132233583
    • APA:
      Moore, R. (2018). Precursors, the Environment and the West in Seamus Heaney’s “Postscript.” Estudios Irlandeses, 13, 69–81.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Moore, Ross. 2018. “Precursors, the Environment and the West in Seamus Heaney’s ‘Postscript.’” Estudios Irlandeses 13 (March): 69–81. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=132233583.
    • Harvard:
      Moore, R. (2018) ‘Precursors, the Environment and the West in Seamus Heaney’s “Postscript”’, Estudios Irlandeses, 13, pp. 69–81. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=132233583 (Accessed: 31 October 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Moore, R 2018, ‘Precursors, the Environment and the West in Seamus Heaney’s “Postscript”’, Estudios Irlandeses, vol. 13, pp. 69–81, viewed 31 October 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Moore, Ross. “Precursors, the Environment and the West in Seamus Heaney’s ‘Postscript.’” Estudios Irlandeses, vol. 13, Mar. 2018, pp. 69–81. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=132233583.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Moore, Ross. “Precursors, the Environment and the West in Seamus Heaney’s ‘Postscript.’” Estudios Irlandeses 13 (March 2018): 69–81. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=132233583.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Moore R. Precursors, the Environment and the West in Seamus Heaney’s “Postscript.” Estudios Irlandeses [Internet]. 2018 Mar [cited 2020 Oct 31];13:69–81. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=132233583