Show simple item record

dc.contributor.advisorKuch , Peter
dc.contributor.authorMacklin, Ruth Elizabeth
dc.date.available2014-10-01T19:47:26Z
dc.date.copyright2014
dc.identifier.citationMacklin, R. E. (2014). Redress as a Construct in Seamus Heaney’s Poetry and Prose (Thesis, Master of Arts). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/5008en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/5008
dc.description.abstractThis thesis explores redress in Seamus Heaney’s poetry and prose. I argue that redress is a deeply considered intellectual construct that facilitates the process of writing and unwriting. Due to its dynamism and flexibility, redress is significant as a central construct throughout Heaney’s career. The first chapter considers how redress facilitates composition. In the early poetry, spatial metaphors indicate that redress functions as the creation of an alternative space or place in which to explore poetry. An examination of the rhetorical strategies and diction Heaney employs to describe this function indicates that his contemplation of the construct acts as an impetus for poetry throughout his career. In the second chapter I consider the deconstruction of the created space or place and the necessary unwriting of what has been written. I examine several corrective operations of redress, which I suggest enable Heaney to negotiate the complexities of his literary and linguistic inheritances early in his career. In the final chapter, I examine the restorative nature of redress by considering Heaney’s lifelong interest in ritual. An examination of his treatment of the Nationalist funeral and of several domestic rituals which feature in the later poetry indicates that redress restores specificities that ritual, through familiarity and regular performance, can occlude. Redress rescues specificities from ritual, restoring meaning and setting it to rights. It is my suggestion that in a parallel linguistic process, redress restores the sacramental value of language. Redress remains a central construct throughout Heaney’s career. By investigating some of the ways in which redress incites, facilitates and renews creativity, this thesis proposes new insights into Heaney’s exploration of the creative mind in dialogue with itself.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversity of Otago
dc.rightsAll items in OUR Archive are provided for private study and research purposes and are protected by copyright with all rights reserved unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subjectredress
dc.subjectThe Redress of Poetry
dc.subjectcriticism
dc.subjectpoetry
dc.subjectelsewhere
dc.subjecttechnique
dc.subjectRomantic
dc.subjectcraft
dc.subjectdialect
dc.subjectpoetry analysis
dc.subjectOxford Lectures
dc.subjectritual
dc.subjectfuneral
dc.subjectvatic
dc.subjectSeamus Heaney
dc.subjectGerard Manley Hopkins
dc.subjectPatrick Kavanagh
dc.titleRedress as a Construct in Seamus Heaney's Poetry and Prose
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2014-10-01T08:17:11Z
dc.language.rfc3066en
thesis.degree.disciplineCentre for Irish Studies/English Department
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Otago
thesis.degree.levelMasters
otago.interloanno
otago.openaccessAbstract Only
 Find in your library

Files in this item

FilesSizeFormatView

There are no files associated with this item.

This item is not available in full-text via OUR Archive.

If you are the author of this item, please contact us if you wish to discuss making the full text publicly available.

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record