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The Burial at Thebes: A Version of Sophocles' Antigone by Seamus Heaney

the burial at thebes seamus heaney

Heaney pulls this off masterfully helping to keep the modern reader grounded in the play, and the effect of such exchanges between characters, while sometimes borders on the comic, generally make the play accessible and enhance a sense of immediacy to the action. What lengths are you willing to go to in order to respect the rights of the dead? The play raises many questions about social stability, patriotism and religious rigidity. His father owned and worked a small farm of some fifty acres in County Derry in Northern Ireland, but the father's real commitment was to cattle-dealing. The play follows Antigone, daughter of the king Oedipus. For example, it is clear as you read the play and the after note makes it explicit that Heaney had George W. Either way, if you're a Shakespeare fan, you'll like this.

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The Burial at Thebes: A Version of Sophocles' Antigone

the burial at thebes seamus heaney

While Creon eventually agrees to Antigone's release, it is too late: She takes her own life, initiating a tragic repetition of events in her family's history. Antigone asks her sister to go out on the battlefield and give their slain brother's body its proper funeral rites. When Antigone, the warrior's sister performs burial rites despite it being forbidden, she is sentenced to death. Enraged, Creon condemns her to death, and his soldiers wall her up in a tomb. I admit I did need to read the first two and already have a basic knowledge on the characters and Greek mythology in order to really appreciate this play. He bargains for the future and loses what he cared for, his wife and son -- though he lives on, accepting compromise. I read it out loud, which made it more meaningful.

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the burial at thebes seamus heaney

The writing is as powerful as the questions that the play asks. During the War of the Seven Against Thebes, Antigone, the daughter of Oedipus, learns that her brothers have killed each other, having been forced onto opposing sides Sophocles' play, first staged in the fifth century B. Their unaccompanied singing, dancing and singing add a unique dimension to the play as a whole. The stain of Oedipus extends to his ill-starred offspring. There are good reasons for opposing the invasion of Iraq, but none that Sophocles can provide. Upon returning to his palace in Thebes, he finds that his wife, Eurydice, has killed herself over the suicide of her son, as well as the death of her older son in the recent battle--both deaths she lays at the feet of her husband, Creon.

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Thoughts on “The Burial at Thebes” by Seamus Heaney

the burial at thebes seamus heaney

Oedipus is a tragic hero in Greek mythology. Through this use of language and text manipulation, the reader can grasp the weight of this poem for Heaney, while also identifying with his early background in life. I'm used to the play in a quite formal, conservative translation, which doesn't help. Creon accepts this verdict and orders the release of Antigone. I'm left in awe of Sophocles, Heaney and Shamsie. The biggest question is: Do the dead have rights? I also have a morbid love of t I feel like I'm cheating by reviewing a book I was forced to read for my studies. His position is too confused to be identified with principle, good or bad.

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Extract from Seamus Heaney's translation of Antigone

the burial at thebes seamus heaney

After Thebes' civil war, Creon, the new ruler of Thebes, who is also Antigone's uncle, has decided that Polyneices, her brother, will be left in the battlefield unburied. In fact, Antigone and Creon do not truly represent opposed principles, since both depart from their own professed views. Their conflict not only drives these two apart from each other but apart from their own better selves. There is panic and passion in her laments that lead her to defy King Creon, and ultimately, the final augers of her fate point to death and more tragedy for her royal house and her kin: King Creon orders her to be sealed in a cave and in turn sets in motion a chain of events that will break him and his arrogance. Also, if you have never read Antigone, and are worried about 'Spoilers,' you may just want to scroll down to the bottom and look at the comparisons between the four versions, and skip the next five paragraphs i.

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Extract from Seamus Heaney's translation of Antigone

the burial at thebes seamus heaney

The king's son even ki I enjoyed this book because it was about a woman trying to get justice for her brother. Your impulse orga of self-certitude autognotus has obliterated you. In 1957, Heaney travelled to Belfast to study English Language and Literature at the Queen's University of Belfast. Heaney's version is entitled The Burial at Thebes. Video and audio recording and flash photography are not permitted. Of course, Antigone is then caught attempting to rebury her brother's body, and is brought before the king. And she is no more true to her own professions than Creon is.

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the burial at thebes seamus heaney

For such few pages, the themes of love, death, light, dark, pride and obsession are explored thoroughly. And I'm not a fan of such things. I'm not much of a classicist so I can't compare how true this version is to Sophocles but I enjoyed this version more than I remember enjoying other translations in high school. She goes against a powerful and stubborn kind. I'm not much of a classicist so I can't compare how true this version is to Sophocles but I enjoyed this version m In 2003, Heaney was asked by the famous Abbey Theater to do a version of Antigone and this is the result.


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Thoughts on “The Burial at Thebes” by Seamus Heaney

the burial at thebes seamus heaney

I abide By statues utter and immutable — Unwritten, original, god-given laws. In the end it serves to teach timely and important lessons on wisdom, individual rights, and maybe some geo-politics. The dialog between Antigone, Creon, and the Chorus is truly amazing and quite powerful. It must have been fun to read Beowulf aloud with other people! It explores themes of: justice, death, patriotism, bravery, pride, eternity, fate, shame, curses, regret. His father, Patrick Heaney came from a farming family as well, and his mother Margaret Heaney came from At the age of 12, Seamus received a scholarship to attend the boarding school of St.

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The Burial at Thebes

the burial at thebes seamus heaney

The first version I read was in an edition entitled Sophocles I from the University of Chicago Press 1991 , and the translation was authored by David Grene. The play will perform in Mathers Theater, located inside the Holland Union Building, on the following dates and times: Friday, April 11, 8 p. Heaney may not be a dramatist, but the way in which this story is presented poetically is riveting. The plot boiled down to an ethical dilemma--whether the body of the heroine's brother should be buried with all due rites although he was a traitor to the city of Thebes. The Burial at Thebes is a wonderful translation of the original Greek tragedy, and it will certainly keep you thinking for many days afterwards. Those who overbear will be brought to grief. Heaney also incorporated an interesting structure in the poem, and uses a meter of three-beats per line for the dialogs of Antigone and Ismene, four-beat lines for the Chorus similar to the old Anglo-Saxon of his Beowulf translation , and then iambic pentameter for Creon.

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The Burial at Thebes by Seamus Heaney

the burial at thebes seamus heaney

In fact, Polyneices and Eteocles have killed each other in single combat; with Polyneices fighting on the side of the Argive army attacking Thebes and its defenders, including his brother Eteocles. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Heaney omits the more obscure elements, or the simply repetitive ones as in the famous song on human mystery. But she and Creon are still thought of as emblems of opposite principles -- of freedom versus tyranny, perhaps, or individuality versus mass pressure, or conscience versus coercion, or religion versus irreligion or just plain right versus wrong. It's amazing how modern these stories feel--we are still asking the same questions, struggling for truth and justice. I thought it might be interesting to briefly compare and contrast the four very different translations that I read. All have the absence or near absence of mother figures.

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