"What More Do You Want Than Four Very Good Poems?"

EXHIBITION : SEAMUS HEANEY

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Eavan Boland suggests that Heaney is in danger of artistic repetition in the bog poems.

  • Title
    The Arts: Seamus Heaney on His Work
  • 1st Broadcast
    09/07/1974
  • Contributor
    Eavan Boland (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:02:30
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Series title
    The Arts
  • Clip title
    "What More Do You Want Than Four Very Good Poems?"
  • Extended description

    Poet and presenter Eavan Boland suggests to Heaney that he is in danger of artistic repetition in the bog poems. She says he is mythologising his material and in repeating the image he is escaping the very thing that he tried to face. A good-natured discussion ensues as he points out that there are only four of those poems.

  • Information

    ‘The Arts’ was an RTÉ radio series about poetry, music and literature. The first programme was broadcast on 7 February 1973 and featured poet John Montague introduced by Liam Miller. Other presenters included the poet Eavan Boland, who won a Jacob’s award in 1976 for her work on the show.

    The accompanying image shows a tree stump in a bog in Co. Kildare in 1977. © RTÉ Archives 0781/064

  • Local keywords
    Seamus Heaney, Poet, Poetry, Literature, Bogland, Bogs, Bog Poems, Eavan Boland
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Arts and Culture
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    Radio Éireann
  • Production year
    1974
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    AA30662317
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    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Language used
    English (eng)
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