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The Government of the Tongue: Seamus Heaney and Practical Realism

  • Journal of Humanities
  • 2007, (40), pp.79-106
  • Publisher : Institute for Humanities
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities

Kang, Min Gun 1

1동국대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

Motivated with thinking of a literary theory so called decolonialism, the relationship between the decolonial discourse and Seamus Heaney's decolonial linguistic tactics is riding on a current issues in writings. I assume that a growing interest among readers reflects this prevailing enthusiasm for his work. His method and idea owe more to decolonial attitude more than that of the established poets in Ireland. His poetry has the proper qualities to absorb the devotees of 'decolonialism' which is still dominant in dealing with the poetry. Heaney have been witnessed historical moments of the death of his mother land, Ireland as well as of the Irish people, as the history of Ireland manifests. In doing so, the Irish people broke the cycle of imperial situation. The poet Heaney explored the traditional literature in Ireland, characterized by the effects of the experience of colonization and a sense of intellectual and spiritual deprivation. By way of this historical experience of authentic decolonization of his mother land, Heaney's aesthetics became, more and more, politicized against the crisis which the repressive force of imperialism caused to occur. Under this traumatic disasters of Ireland, Heaney's poetic quest makes him and practical struggle against the colonial power in a poetic way. To regard this, this thesis analyses Heaney's text focusing on the decolonialism expressed by his poetry. I try to examine the process of his poetic writings and its attitude against English colonialism. To do this, My major interest is in his realistic celticism and appropriated language employed in his poetry. And I attempt to search for the true Irishness which Heaney makes every effort to materialize the reality of Ireland in his poetry.

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