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The Placeless Heaven: Another Look at Kavanagh

  • Seamus Heaney

Abstract

In 1939, the year that Patrick Kavanagh arrived in Dublin, an aunt of mine planted a chestnut in a jamjar. When it began to sprout she broke the jar and made a hole and transplanted the thing under a hedge in front of the house. Over the years, the seedling shot up into a young tree that kept rising taller and taller above the boxwood hedge. And over the years I came to identify my own life with the life of the chestnut tree.

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Chestnut Tree Existential Choice Home Ground Collect Poem Early Poem 
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Notes

  1. 1.
    Chosen by Donagh MacDonagh and Lennox Robinson (London, 1958).Google Scholar

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© Seamus Heaney 1989

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