‘I Went Disguised in It’: Re-evaluating Seamus Heaney’s Stations

  • Andy Brown


In this essay, Brown offers a re-evaluation of Seamus Heaney’s 1973 prose poem collection, Stations, which has been criticised as both a ‘poor relation’ to the poet’s own lineated verse, as well as for the heroic imagery and language utilised. By discussing the generic conventions of the ‘anecdotal tradition’ and its relation to the prose poem, Brown refutes the earlier criticism and shows Heaney’s Stations to be exemplars of the form, as well as of Wordsworthian ‘spots of time’. Brown also shows Stations to be knowledgeably conversant with notions of ‘the Romantic Fragment’, as well as with more postmodern conceptions of the prose poem sentence as an emergent, generative syntactical unit. Brown also discusses the influence of Stations on subsequent generations of British prose poets.

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  • Andy Brown
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  1. 1.University of ExeterExeterUK

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