The Poetry of Seamus Heaney: “The Music of What Happens” | Newberry

The Poetry of Seamus Heaney: “The Music of What Happens”

Led by Joseph Heininger
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Six sessions, Tuesdays, April 13 - May 18

6 - 8 pm (Central Time)

Full. Email seminars@newberry.org to be added to the wait list.

Newberry Adult Education Seminars will meet virtually via Zoom. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. If you have questions about online learning, please reach out to seminars@newberry.org.

Seminar Description

This seminar will explore the richness, variety, and depth of selected poetry by the Irish Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney (1939-2013). His poetry portrays the rituals of rural life, the human costs of violence, and a mature hopefulness and admirable choice to love others in the face of loss and despair.

Six sessions. Registration – $230

Joseph Heininger is a professor of English at Dominican University. His interests include modern and contemporary Irish poetry and prose, classical influences in poetry, modern British literature, and ecological writing.

Materials List

Required:

  • A selection of shorter materials distributed by the instructor.

  • Opened Ground by Seamus Heaney. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998. ISBN: 9780374526788

First Reading:

  • For the first session, please read two early poems in Seamus Heaney’s Opened Ground: “Digging” (page 3) and “Follower” (page 10).

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, January 13th. Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning January 7 at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

Please note: For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at seminars@newberry.org.

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar has reached capacity. Please email seminars@newberry.org to be added to the wait list.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.