Seamus Heaney describes how he first came to read Kavanagh and how Kavanagh's work taught him "that nothing is trivial", and that the ordinary or common place is as important as the largest theme.
- Title On Patrick Kavanagh
- Production Year 1967
- ContributorJohn Bowman (Presenter)
- Clip Duration 00:03:04
- Material Type Audio
- Series title Topic
- Clip title Seamus Heaney on Patrick Kavanagh
- Extended description
Heaney also discusses Kavanagh's first book of published poetry 'Ploughman and Other Poems' and the progression to his next work, the epic poem, 'The Great Hunger'.
"In the introduction to his 'Collected Poems', Patrick Kavanagh wrote something which I think is very relevant both for himself and for all poets, 'A man innocently dabbles in words and rhymes and finds that it is his life'. I didn't in fact meet Patrick Kavanagh until about three months ago, but I knew his poems from the moment that I myself began 'innocently to dabble in words'..."
'Topic' was a programme of reports, interviews and opinions.
This episode of 'Topic', which was a tribute to Patrick Kavanagh, featured Seamus Heaney, John Ryan, Liam Miller, Christine Longford and Tomas MacAnna.
The exact broadcast date of this edition of 'Topic' is not clear but was probably in December 1967 after Kavanagh's death.
- Local keywords Patrick Kavanagh, Poet, Poetry, Seamus Heaney, Ploughman and Other Poems, The Great Hunger, Collected Poems
- Geographical coverage Ireland
- Topic Arts and Culture
- Publisher Broadcaster RTÉ
- First broadcast channel RTÉ
- Country of production Ireland
- Original identifier BB1863
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- Item type part/extract
- Item sound Mono
- Language used English (eng)
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