I.i.5. Hardback notebook, containing manuscript drafts of poems and some prose pieces,

1966-1972.

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Main Creator: Heaney, Seamus, 1939-2013
Summary:Included are drafts of the poems 'Child Lost', 'Cana Revisited', 'Gate', 'Elegy for a Master', 'The Poet in a Cistercian Monastery' (also titled 'The Poet in the Monastery'), 'The Newly Weds in the New Year', 'Elegy for an Unborn Child', 'Undine', 'Irish Piper', 'May Day in Fermanagh' (collected as 'A Retrospect' in Seeing Things), 'Lenten Stuff', 'Flight of Fancy', 'Pygmalion', 'Constable', 'Tramp', 'Aubade', 'An Evening at Killard', 'Relic of Memory', 'Antaeus', 'Night Bird', 'Innocent Song', 'The Poet with Nothing to Say', 'Munro to the Hangman', 'At Ardboe Point', 'Dragonflies Over Loch Erne', 'Lifting', 'The Plantation', 'The Bridge', 'Chestnuts', 'Stable', 'Reclining Eve', 'Gone', 'Hope', 'Anahorish', 'Broagh', 'Mossbawn', Virgo', 'September Birthday', 'Fodder', 'The Dirraghs', 'Spring Stations', 'Culbawn', 'Sunlight', 'Twins', 'The Road to Derry', 'Haunted' and 'The Girl from Derrygarve' .


Also included is a draft of Heaney's review of Sean O'Sullivan's 'Folktales of Ireland' (published in the 'New Statesman', June 1966), some fragmentary notes on John Keats, a diary entry for 19 August 1966 describing a visit to Gallarus Oratory, Co. Kerry, and a draft of a radio broadcast for the BBC Schools programme 'Today and Yesterday in Northern Ireland' which provides an introduction to his poems 'Digging' and 'Blackberry Picking', and draft prose pieces on the work of artist T.P. Flanagan and Thomas Kinsella's translation of the 'Tain'.
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In Collection: Seamus Heaney Literary Papers, 1963-2010
Format: MANUSCRIPT
Language:English
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Notes:With two attached worksheets containing drafts of the poems 'Broagh' and 'Mossbawn'.

Marginal notes relate to the meter employed in the poems. Composition dates frequently noted and cover the period 16 January 1966 to 6 April 1972.

Notebook contains poems subsequently revised and published in Heaney's collections 'Door Into The Dark' (1969), 'Wintering Out' (1972), 'North' (1975) and 'Seeing Things' (1991) and published in the 'Dublin Magazine', the 'New Statesman' and the 'Irish Press' from 1966.

Department of Manuscripts, National Library of Ireland. There are additional Seamus Heaney manuscripts held in the Department of Manuscripts (MS 41,932/1-3). This consists of manuscript and typescript drafts of the poem 'Sweeney Astray', with additional notes on early Irish poetry;

Physical description: 3 items.

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I.i.5. Hardback notebook, containing manuscript drafts of poems and some prose pieces,

1966-1972.
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In Collection: Seamus Heaney Literary Papers, 1963-2010
Description:Included are drafts of the poems 'Child Lost', 'Cana Revisited', 'Gate', 'Elegy for a Master', 'The Poet in a Cistercian Monastery' (also titled 'The Poet in the Monastery'), 'The Newly Weds in the New Year', 'Elegy for an Unborn Child', 'Undine', 'Irish Piper', 'May Day in Fermanagh' (collected as 'A Retrospect' in Seeing Things), 'Lenten Stuff', 'Flight of Fancy', 'Pygmalion', 'Constable', 'Tramp', 'Aubade', 'An Evening at Killard', 'Relic of Memory', 'Antaeus', 'Night Bird', 'Innocent Song', 'The Poet with Nothing to Say', 'Munro to the Hangman', 'At Ardboe Point', 'Dragonflies Over Loch Erne', 'Lifting', 'The Plantation', 'The Bridge', 'Chestnuts', 'Stable', 'Reclining Eve', 'Gone', 'Hope', 'Anahorish', 'Broagh', 'Mossbawn', Virgo', 'September Birthday', 'Fodder', 'The Dirraghs', 'Spring Stations', 'Culbawn', 'Sunlight', 'Twins', 'The Road to Derry', 'Haunted' and 'The Girl from Derrygarve' .
Also included is a draft of Heaney's review of Sean O'Sullivan's 'Folktales of Ireland' (published in the 'New Statesman', June 1966), some fragmentary notes on John Keats, a diary entry for 19 August 1966 describing a visit to Gallarus Oratory, Co. Kerry, and a draft of a radio broadcast for the BBC Schools programme 'Today and Yesterday in Northern Ireland' which provides an introduction to his poems 'Digging' and 'Blackberry Picking', and draft prose pieces on the work of artist T.P. Flanagan and Thomas Kinsella's translation of the 'Tain'.
Main Creator: Heaney, Seamus, 1939-2013
Language:English
Extent:3 items.
Format:Manuscript
Call Number: MS 49,493/5 (Manuscripts Reading Room)
Rights:Subject to the provisions of the Copyright Act 2000, the papers in this collection are in copyright. It is necessary to obtain the express permission of the copyright owner before reproducing any material from this collection.