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Seamus Heaney, Field Work

· 20 October 2013 |  by Janantoon
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Seamus Heaney


taal: Engels
gepubliceerd door: Farrar・Straus・Giroux
eerste editie: 1979
bindwijze: gebonden
isbn: 0374154821
pagina’s: 66

verworven via: Abebooks

Sean O’Hagan in The Guardian:

Field Work spoke of a world I knew and had just left behind, physically if not emotionally or psychologically. I was initially taken by the thrust of The Toome Road, with its opening description of British soldiers in armoured cars “warbling along on powerful tyres, all camouflaged with broken alder branches”, and taken aback by the line “How long were they approaching down my roads/ As if they owned them?” This was poetry I could connect with on several levels, about strange things I had seen with my own eyes and was now seeing through his. One poem, After a Killing, brought back to me a summer’s evening when, while walking home from town with some friends, we suddenly came upon three young local men with guns waiting by an old railway bridge near the ring road in Armagh. Heaney describes a similar moment and summons up its ominous historical and contemporary resonances: “There they were, as if our memory hatched them,/ As if the unquiet founders walked again:/ Two young men with rifles on a hill,/ Profane and bracing as their instruments.”


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