Government of the Tongue
Government of the Tongue, by Seamus Heaney, is a collection of essays and explorations of poetry and poets, and a distillation of some of the wisdom and experience gathered over the years by the Nobel Prize-winning poet.
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The title, The Government of the Tongue, carries suggestions of both monastic discipline and untrammelled romanticism, and is meant to raise an old question about the rights and status of poetic utterance itself. Should it be governed? Should it be the governor?
Seamus Heaney here scrutinizes the work of several poets, British and Irish, American and European, whose work is responsive to such strains and tensions.
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