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ISSN : 1226-4946(Print)
ISSN : 2288-5412(Online)
The Yeats Journal of Korea Vol.33 pp.271-287

Seamus Heaney's Sonnets: “Glanmore Sonnets,” “Clearances” and “Glanmore Revisited”

Hong Sung Sook


Sonnet is a 14-lined poem in the lyric mood whose subject is mainly aboutlove. Heaney experimented the genre of sonnet in his three books: “GlanmoreSonnets” in Field Work “Clearances” in The Haw Lantern and “Glanmore Revisited”in Seeing Things. These three books have two things in common: the poet havechanged his style and subject and that they no longer contain the Northern Troubles.
Through reading sonnets selected from Field Work, The Haw Lantern andSeeing Things, I came to the following conclusion: the reason the poet adopted thegenre of sonnet is that he wanted to write about love, not hatred or violence afterhe escaped from massacre of Ulster Trouble. And sonnets of three books depictthree different kinds of love: love for family, love for landscape and love forwriting.
The sonnets of Field Work are characterized by the poet’s contrary mind: thesense of relief and the sense of sin because he ran out of the massacre, discardinghis relatives and his community. Sonnets in The Haw Lantern on the whole, showhis filial piety and affection for his dead mom by trying to remember the momentof being together. Seven sonnets in Seeing Things are the recollection of Glanmorewhere he settled down with his family and wanted to live in peace, escaping fromUlster turmoil.
Meanwhile, these sequence of sonnets have some difference: these sonnets havethe different tone: humorous or childlike tone in Field Work, elegiac tone in TheHaw Lantern and the recollective tone of Seeing Things.


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