The Greatest Anglo-Irish Poet Since the Death of Yeats

EXHIBITION : SEAMUS HEANEY

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Literary critic Harold Bloom on Heaney's place in the pantheon of poets.

  • Title
    Harold Bloom on Heaney's Poetry
  • 1st Broadcast
    30/08/2013
  • Contributor
    Seán Rocks (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:05:15
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Series title
    Arena
  • Clip title
    The Greatest Anglo-Irish Poet Since the Death of Yeats
  • Extended description

    Seán Rocks talks to literary critic and Yale professor about Heaney's place in the pantheon of poets. Bloom edited a critical work on Heaney. He mentions a long review essay he wrote on Heaney for the Times Literary Supplement on the publication of 'Field Work', which he regarded as a magnificent breakthrough for the poet. Heaney credited the essay with bringing him a number of serious readers. 

    Bloom says that 74 was too young an age for the greatest Anglo-Irish poet since W. B. Yeats to die. Only time will tell where Heaney belongs in the pantheon, but Bloom believes he is a permanent poet and that the only living two poets his equal are John Ashbery and Geoffrey Hill.

  • Information

    ‘Arena’ is a radio arts and popular culture programme presented by Seán Rocks. It began on 7 September 2009 and goes out every week night at 7 pm.

    The accompanying image shows a bookshelf in the RTÉ Reference and Illustrations Library in 1987. © RTÉ Archives 0865/069 

  • Local keywords
    Seamus Heaney, Poet, Poetry, Literature, Literary criticism, Literary canon, Harold Bloom, Seán Rocks
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Arts and Culture
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ Radio One
  • Production year
    2013
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    PIA
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Language used
    English (eng)
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