In this seminar, we will take up poems from the three volumes Seamus Heaney completed between the 1995 Nobel Prize and his death in 2013.

We’ll see his adaptation of classical motifs and ethics to modern circumstances, his debts to Virgil and Ovid in constructing his own autobiography, and his stark poems of oncoming death.

"Heaney’s particular mosaic of words preserves the unique, complex, and unrepeatable contour of human emotion [...] Such a run of words tells the human tale in the way it is lived: moment by moment,” writes Helen Vendler.


Brief Bio

Helen Vendler is the A. Kingsley Porter University Professor at Harvard. Her most recent book is The Ocean, the Bird, and the Scholar: Essays on Poets and Poetry. “Vendler claims, modestly, that readers including herself will always need a path into some poems and poets, and suggests that the function of criticism is to provide such a path. She does this splendidly,” writes Times Higher Education.

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  • Helen Vendler on Seamus Heaney

    First Session: Thu, Jan 28, 2016, 6 pm - 9 pm

    Instructor: Helen Vendler

    Day(s): Wednesday

    Sessions: 1

    Location: Lexington Avenue at 92nd St

    Room: Warburg Lounge

    Price: from $150.00








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