Poetry: The Child of Art and Life

EXHIBITION : SEAMUS HEANEY

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Heaney explains how he has worked out the conflict between art and life.

  • Title
    Hanly's People: Seamus Heaney
  • 1st Broadcast
    10/04/1989
  • Contributor
    David Hanly (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:04:28
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    Hanly's People
  • Clip title
    Poetry: The Child of Art and Life
  • Extended description

    David Hanly asks Heaney to explain how he has worked out the conflict between art and life. The poet talks about how the conflict is worked up and out, from the artistic gropings of youth to eventually internalising the disciplines of art.

    Hanly points out that otherworldliness and even irresponsibility is encouraged and demanded of the poet, but that Heaney himself seems to be a practical person. Heaney says he is because he was born into a sceptical and exacting milieu, both qualities he approves is. He is devoted to the usual as well as the otherness in his work.

  • Information

    ‘Hanly’s People’ was a weekly programme featuring a guest in conversation with presenter David Hanly in a living-room setting for half an hour.  Each guest was someone in the news, making the news, or behind the news. They were drawn from all spheres of public life, including politics and the arts. ‘Hanly’s People’ was first broadcast on 6 October 1986 and ended on 6 June 1991.

  • Local keywords
    Seamus Heaney, Poet, Poetry, Literature, David Hanly
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Arts and Culture
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ One
  • Production year
    1989
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    97D00239
  • 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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