“The Nest Kept Warm”: Heaney and the Irish Soldier-Poets

  • Martin Malone


This chapter seeks to redress a critical imbalance in perceptions of Seamus Heaney’s canonical debt to Great War poetry. The choice of an Irish subject and discussion that avoids the centrality of the Anglo-centric canon is also part of a broader attempt to disrupt and interrogate the more established literary vernaculars of Great War verse. I seek to examine more closely the “active ingredient” available to Irish poetry as a result of its problematized and yet contested relationship to the conflict which involves examination of the work of several Irish soldier-poets. For Irish National Party soldiers and serving Loyalists, their sacrifice was intended to produce mutually exclusive political outcomes which endure because of the problematized consequences of a divided Ireland and latter-day conflict in the North.


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  • Martin Malone
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  1. 1.University of AberdeenAberdeenUK

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