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The Sound of Seamus Heaney's Sense: Robert Frost's Influence on Heaney's Poetics

The Sound of Seamus Heaney's Sense: Robert Frost's Influence on Heaney's Poetics William Fogarty The Sound of Seamus Heaney’s Sense Robert Frost’s Inu fl ence on Heaney’s Poetics Seamus Heaney has described his reading of other poets as “nourishment” and “imaginative protein” ( Preoccupations 136). Critics such as Robert Faggen, Jay Pa- rini, and Helen Vendler have included Robert Frost in a group of poets integral to Heaney’s nourishment, but they have linked Heaney more firmly to others in that group, including William Wordsworth, Ted Hughes, and his Irish forebearers, W. B. Yeats and Patrick Kavanagh. More recently, studies that closely examine Hea- ney’s prose—where Heaney ruminates extensively on his poetic precursors—by Michael Cavanagh and Eugene O’Brien have acknowledged Heaney’s connec- tion to Frost without analyzing it. In Cavanagh’s comprehensive Professing Po etry (2009), Heaney’s influences, and his tentativeness around influence, are fastidi- ously scrutinized, but Frost is only a shadowy presence. The book’s chapters are arranged around Eliot, Lowell, Dante, Larkin, and Yeats, with no chapter on Frost. In Seamus Heaney as Aesthetic Thinker (2016), O’Brien observes that even though Heaney was attracted to Frost’s “fusion . . . of the rational and the emotional,” he “looked further afield in search of . . . influences” (11). Both books contain http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

The Sound of Seamus Heaney's Sense: Robert Frost's Influence on Heaney's Poetics

The Comparatist , Volume 45 – Nov 11, 2021

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William Fogarty The Sound of Seamus Heaney’s Sense Robert Frost’s Inu fl ence on Heaney’s Poetics Seamus Heaney has described his reading of other poets as “nourishment” and “imaginative protein” ( Preoccupations 136). Critics such as Robert Faggen, Jay Pa- rini, and Helen Vendler have included Robert Frost in a group of poets integral to Heaney’s nourishment, but they have linked Heaney more firmly to others in that group, including William Wordsworth, Ted Hughes, and his Irish forebearers, W. B. Yeats and Patrick Kavanagh. More recently, studies that closely examine Hea- ney’s prose—where Heaney ruminates extensively on his poetic precursors—by Michael Cavanagh and Eugene O’Brien have acknowledged Heaney’s connec- tion to Frost without analyzing it. In Cavanagh’s comprehensive Professing Po etry (2009), Heaney’s influences, and his tentativeness around influence, are fastidi- ously scrutinized, but Frost is only a shadowy presence. The book’s chapters are arranged around Eliot, Lowell, Dante, Larkin, and Yeats, with no chapter on Frost. In Seamus Heaney as Aesthetic Thinker (2016), O’Brien observes that even though Heaney was attracted to Frost’s “fusion . . . of the rational and the emotional,” he “looked further afield in search of . . . influences” (11). Both books contain

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