SEAMUS HEANEY AND THE POLISH CONNECTION A Lecture by Michael Parker
Start Date: 28 April 2018
End Date: 28 April 2018
Venue: Seamus Heaney HomePlace
Telephone: 028 7938 7444
This talk will focus on the importance to Seamus Heaney of Polish poets, and in particular how their work encouraged him to extend further the historical range and ethical depth of his own work.
Heaney’s initial interest in Eastern European poetry was stirred soon after Death of a Naturalist appeared as Zbigniew Herbert, Tadeusz Róžewicz, and Czeslaw Miłosz came to the attention of Englishspeaking audiences.
Heaney felt a particular affinity with Miłosz as both knew periods of displacement, and later lived through years of violence. In their imaginations and poems the home place and its landscapes often accrued an idyllic quality. With readings and short film extracts, this informative lecture will include examples of how Heaney’s poems are charged with a similar moral integrity.
Michael Parker is currently a Visiting Professor at Oxford Brookes University and a Part-Time Tutor for Oxford University’s Department of Continuing Education. In 1993 he published Seamus Heaney: The Making of the Poet and his next major publication will be Seamus Heaney: Legacies, Afterlives, which will be published by Palmgrove Macmillan in 2019.