Seamus Heaney's 'Casualty' - Causal or Casual?

Campbell, Siobhán (2014). Seamus Heaney's 'Casualty' - Causal or Casual? Poetry Ireland Review(113) pp. 133–134.

URL: https://www.jstor.org/stable/26454115

Abstract

In this essay, Campbell posits that Seamus Heaney's poems in 'Field Work' are concerned with the poet questioning not just the social function of poetry but also the dangers of consolatory art, not just the deep ambivalence of a writing in a contested state but the very political nature of art itself. This rereading of the poem 'Casualty' outlines the cusp on which Heaney operates within this poem, thereby allowing for new possible readings of the work.

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