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Shades of AuthorityThe Poetry of Lowell, Hill and Heaney$
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Stephen James

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781846311178

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846314049

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Mutable Redress

Mutable Redress

(p.146) Mutable Redress
Shades of Authority
Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines Seamus Heaney's notion of poetic redress. His work reflects a conflict between the seemingly irreconcilable imperatives to trust in poetry as a mode of redress — as agent for proclaiming and correcting injustices; and to redress poetry as poetry, to set it up as its own category, an eminence established and a pressure exercised by distinctly linguistic means. It considers Heaney's tendency to perpetuate Romantic notions about poetic authority, and his attempts to play down aggressive connotations of the word ‘redress’.

Keywords:   Seamus Heaney, poets, poetry, collections, The Redress of Poetry, redress, poetic authority

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