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Humanities Forum: Discovering Seamus Heaney

The 1995 Nobel laureate in literature, Seamus Heaney, is arguably the greatest Irish poet since Yeats. “Rich, complex, and multifarious, Seamus Heaney’s poetry yields a string of paradoxes. It is popular and accessible....Its lyric subtlety and rigorous craft have attracted legions poets and academic critics. It is earthy and matter-of-fact, saturated with the physical textures, sights, smells, and sounds of farm life.” (Jahan Ramazani, The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry, 2:71-8.) Each participant will frame an interpretive question on the assigned poem(s) along with contrasting answers to provoke a lively class discussion moderated by the instructor, who will refrain from lecturing. For the first class meeting, please prepare “Digging,” pages 3-4.

Instructor Bio:

David Lee Rubin received his PhD from the University of Illinois. He taught at The University of Chicago before moving in 1969 to UVA, where he is a professor emeritus of French. A Guggenheim Fellow, he has written three books on the early modern French lyric. He also founded and edited two scholarly journals, directs Rookwood Press, and is the principal of Fox Hill Editorial. For further information, see his LinkedIn profile or visit http://www.foxhilleditorial.org/about-fox-hill-editorial.

Required Reading:

Seamus Heaney. Open Ground: Selected Poems 1966-1996, 1999. Most easily and economically acquired from trusted second-hand book dealers online. Please allow up to three weeks for delivery.

Recommended Reading:

Wikipedia entry on Heaney.



Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B26 David Rubin Apr 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24 We 2:30-4:00 p.m. Senior Center WL

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