A visit to Seamus Heaney’s Homeplace in Bellaghy helped AS English Literature students discover more about Heaney’s life and work.
A guided tour of the Exhibitions Man and Boy, Imagination and Inspiration, and The Attic Room provided insight into poems studied such as The Forge, Personal Helicon and The Harvest Bow as students saw real artefacts and viewed numerous transcripts of the same poem.
Queen’s University Professor Fran Brearton gave a lecture on how the poetry of Seamus Heaney and Robert Frost converge, noting similarities especially in their ‘sound of sense’. This lecture was particularly enlightening.
Following a traditional ‘Homeplace’ lunch, students then enjoyed workshops where Ph.D. students from Queen’s University discussed poems by Heaney and Frost.