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 to be added to the wait list.

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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


  • 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.

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

This seminar has reached capacity. Please email 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.