Seamus Heaney's Poetry: Depicting Personal Relationship with His Culture and Estrangement

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Focus: Seamus Heaney’s relationship with his culture and his father and how they’re potrayed within his poetry

Biographical background: Seamus Heaney was born in April 1939 as the eldest member of a family containing 9 children. Is father owned a small farm in Northern Ireland which becomes a link to his future work as a poet. His mother however was born of a modern family, McCann coming from the industrial part o Ireland. His parentage contains both cattle-herding Gaelic Irish and the Ulster of Industrial Revolution. Seamus himself considers this to have been cause to significant tension in his background that corresponds to an inner tension from his parents, speech and silence. His father barely spoke while his mother was far from reluctant possibly why Seamus tends to quarrel with himself in his poetry.

Seamus Heaney and his personal relationship with his culture and/estrangement from it: Heaney is widely considered Irelands most accomplished contemporary poet. In his works, Heaney often focuses on the proper roles and responsibilities of a poet in society, exploring themes of self-discovery and spiritual growth as well as addressing political and cultural issues relates to Irish history. Heaney’s first piece of work, Death of A Naturalist contains memories of his childhood associated with nature and childhood on his family’s farm evoking the care with which his father and ancestors farmed the land while in Digging he states that he will figuratively “dig” with his pen unlike his father who digs
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