"A Feminine Goddess-Ridden Ground"

EXHIBITION : SEAMUS HEANEY

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Heaney explains his fascination with bogs.

  • Title
    Writer in Profile: Seamus Heaney
  • 1st Broadcast
    23/08/1976
  • Contributor
    Aindreas Ó Gallchóir (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:04:02
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    Writer in Profile
  • Clip title
    "A Feminine Goddess-Ridden Ground"
  • Extended description

    Aindreas Ó Gallchóir asks Heaney to read the poem 'Bogland' from his collection 'Door into the Dark' and to explain his fascination with bogs. Americans have prairies, but the Irish have bogs. A lot of the symbols the Irish identify themselves with come out of bogs. It preserves things. People were sacrificed to it, making it a feminine goddess-ridden ground.

  • Information

    ‘Writer in Profile’ was a weekly television interview with a well-known Irish writer.  The series was produced by James Plunkett and mainly presented by Augustine Martin. 

  • Local keywords
    Seamus Heaney, Poet, Poetry, Literature, Bogland, Bogs, Bog Poems, Door into the Dark, Aindreas Ó Gallchóir
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Arts and Culture
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    Telefís Éireann
  • Production year
    1976
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    94D00010
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Colour
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Language used
    English (eng)
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