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.
- Seamus Heaney
- Irish language
- Irish poetry
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- School of Language, Literature, Music & Visual Culture, English - Personal Chair