In Gratitude for All the Gifts: Seamus Heaney and Eastern Europe

By Magdalena Kay

© 2012

In Gratitude for All the Gifts explores the literary and cultural links between the bestselling, Nobel Prize-winning Northern Irish poet Seamus Heaney and the preeminent Eastern European poets of the twentieth century, including fellow Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz and Zbigniew Herbert. Magdalena Kay opens new ground in comparative literary studies with her close analysis of Heaney's poetic work from the perspective of the English-speaking West's attraction, and especially Heane''s own attraction, to Eastern European poetry.

While placing Milosz and Herbert in their cultural contexts and keeping an eye on the poems in their original Polish, this innovative and energetic study focuses on how Heaney encountered their work in translation. In Gratitude for All the Gifts thus allows us to see what happens when poetic forms, histories, and themes travel between countries and encourages us to understand cultural crossing not just thematically, but also in terms of form, voice, and aesthetic intent.

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In Gratitude for All the Gifts thus allows us to see what happens when poetic forms, histories, and themes travel between countries and encourages us to understand cultural crossing not just thematically, but also in terms of form, voice, and aesthetic intent.

In Gratitude for All the Gifts: Seamus Heaney and Eastern Europe

By Magdalena Kay

© 2012

In Gratitude for All the Gifts explores the literary and cultural links between the bestselling, Nobel Prize-winning Northern Irish poet Seamus Heaney and the preeminent Eastern European poets of the twentieth century, including fellow Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz and Zbigniew Herbert. Magdalena Kay opens new ground in comparative literary studies with her close analysis of Heaney's poetic work from the perspective of the English-speaking West's attraction, and especially Heane''s own attraction, to Eastern European poetry.

While placing Milosz and Herbert in their cultural contexts and keeping an eye on the poems in their original Polish, this innovative and energetic study focuses on how Heaney encountered their work in translation. In Gratitude for All the Gifts thus allows us to see what happens when poetic forms, histories, and themes travel between countries and encourages us to understand cultural crossing not just thematically, but also in terms of form, voice, and aesthetic intent.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 248 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.0in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    In Gratitude for all the Gifts is one of the finest studies of Seamus Heaney, and also provides a model for the burgeoning area of transnational literary studies.’


    Justin Quinn
    Canadian Journal of Irish Studies vol 38:1-2:2017

    ‘Insightful and elegant book…Kay handles Heaney with nuanced admiration. It is a book for which long-time and new readers alike should be considerably grateful.’
    Carol Tell
    Irish Studies Review; vol 21:04:13

    ‘It is very rare to read a work exhibiting such profound knowledge of East European poetry by an author who is also truly grounded in a different culture.’
    Irena Grudzinska-Gross
    Slavic & East European Journal vol 58:02:2014

    ‘Nowhere has the influence of Eastern European poets on Seamus Heaney been addressed as broadly or as deeply as in Magdalena Kay's fine study, In Gratitude for all the Gifts. Uniquely qualified to undertake such a study by virtue of her impressive knowledge of Heaney's oeuvre as well as her grasp of Polish literature, Kay demonstrates a deep understanding of the poets to whom Heaney was attracted and whose influences he acknowledges. I enjoyed reading Kay's compelling, convincing, and effective analyses of these poets and of Heaney's internal conflicts.’
    Harold Segel, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Columbia University
  • Author Information

    Magdalena Kay is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Victoria.

  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgments

    Introduction
    Chapter 1: Looking Eastwards
    Chapter 2: Heroic Names
    Chapter 3: Zbigniew Herbert and the Moral Imperative
    Chapter 4: Approaching the Master
    Chapter 5: Unfortunate Nobility
    Conclusion: Considering the Gift

    Bibliography

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