Seamus Heaney and the Emblems of Hope
"Explores Seamus Heaney's adaptation of the Celtic ritual known as the Feis of Tara, demonstrates the sovereignty motif's continued relevance in works by Irish poets Thomas Kinsella, John Montague, Eavan Boland, and Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill, and refutes criticism that charges sexism and overemphasizes sacrifice in Heaney's poetry"--Provided by publisher.
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1 Sovereignty and the Irish Talent
2 Millennia in Their Eyes
3 Heaneys Love to Ireland
4 The Fish and the Fisher King
5 Bridegroom to the Goddess
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aisling aislingí ancient Anglo-Saxon archetypal beauty bog bodies Bog Queens Bone Dreams Bower Brian Britain British Bruadair cailleach Castleden Cathleen cauldron Celts century Contemporary Irish Coughlan dead death Dionysian Dionysus Drink of Water Dublin earth Eavan Boland English Faber Feis of Tara female feminine figure fish Fisher King Gaelic Gawain Grail Graves’s Guttural Muse Heaney’s Heaney’s poem Irish Poetry John Montague Kiberd lines loathly lady Love to Ireland Mac Cana maid Maiden Castle male Markale marriage of sovereignty Matthews Merriman’s metaphor Michael Hartnett Montague’s mother Mysteries myth narrator narrator’s Niall Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill Ó Rathaille Ó Tuama Ocean’s Love poem’s poet poet’s poetic refer rite ritual Robert Graves role sacred marriage sacrifice Seamus Heaney sexual Sir Walter Ralegh sovereignty goddess sovereignty motif spéirbhean stanza suggests Suibhne Sweeney sweetbriar symbol tench Thomas Kinsella tion Tollund tradition transformation translation Ulster White Goddess Whitmont women Yeats’s young
Page 3 - You have a society in [the] Iron Age where there was ritual bloodletting and killing to a goddess of the territory of the ground. You have a society where girls' heads were shaved for adultery, you have a religion centering on the territory, on a goddess of the ground and of the land and associated with sacrifice. Now in many ways the fury of Irish Republicanism is associated with a religion like this, with a female goddess who has appeared in various guises. She appears as Cathleen Ni Houlihan in...
Page 3 - It was chiefly concerned with preserved bodies of men and women found in the bogs of Jutland, naked, strangled or with their throats cut, disposed under the peat since early Iron Age times. The author, PV Glob, argues convincingly that a number of these, and in particular the Tollund Man, whose head is now preserved near Aarhus in the museum at Silkeburg, were ritual sacrifices to the Mother Goddess, the goddess of the ground who needed new bridegrooms each winter to bed with her in her sacred place,...