Comparsion of the Thematic of Violence in Earlier and later Heaney

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“Compare and contrast the thematic of violence in earlier and later Heaney”

“Heaney’s poetry grants sectarian killing in Northern Ireland a historical respectability which is not usually granted in day to day journalism” (Morrison, 68)

Seamus Heaney was born in Derry, Northern Ireland. Derry was a bitterly divided city that soon became to the fore of "the troubles". In the 1970’s Northern Ireland's sectarian divisions hit a new level of extreme and t “the troubles” became violent and dangerous in the early 1970’s. With the change of situation in the North there also came a change in Heaney's writing. His poems seemed to grow more sociological and political as he delved into the troubled psychology of his homelands problems. In 1972 …show more content…

Whereas others criticised Heaney for having an unbalanced view of the troubles. Readership was not affected as we know by Heaney’s sales and rewards but reviewers who might represent these readerships have differed widely in their responses to what the Swedish Academy praised as Heaney’s ‘analysis of the violence in Northern Ireland’.’
Seamus Deane in his works, observes that although “political echoes are audible in Death of a Naturalist and in Door into the Dark, there is no consciousness of politics as such, and certainly no political consciousness until Wintering Out and North” (Deane, 783). Wintering Out is divided in to two sections and is the most poetically complexed of Heaney’s works to date at that time. The book is a vital publication to examine when referring to the theme of violence as it is in this issue we see the emergence of a different style of poem. The title of the poem is even portraying that of a bleak and dark mode. The title “Wintering Out” also alludes the reader to the famous opening line of Richard III,‘Now is the winter of our discontent …’ As we know Richard III is based on a corrupt state, with murder and violence. Perhaps Heaney was leading the reader from the beginning to the dark political mode of his new work as reference to a somewhat corrupt state which has been plagued by an unsolved murder sets the pessimistic for a lot of the poems in Part One. (O’Donoghue, 22)

Heaney is known for his

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