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Language and Landscape—Dinnshenchas in Seamus Heaney’s Poetry

DOI: 10.4236/als.2016.41002, PP. 8-15

Keywords: Seamus Heaney, Dinnshenchas, Language, Landscape

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Place-names and Dinnshenchas have appeared throughout Heaney’s writing career, reflecting his creative trajectory as well as writing process with continuous evolution. Meanwhile, Dinnshenchas by Seamus Heaney have employed vocabularies with Gaelic characteristics and spoken Irish, representing landscape of Ireland. Based on the creation of Dinnshenchas which combines language, rhythm and landscape, Seamus Heaney has inherited the tradition and culture of ancient Ireland, expressing his Irish identity. Morever, he has created a diversified and open field of force which integrates varied cultures as well as ideologies, and transcends the binary opposition of nationalities and religions, fulfilling the independence as well as aesthetics of artistic creation.


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