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Temporality and Irish Revivalism: Past, Present, and Becoming
de Brún, Fionntán
In the late Seamus Heaney's Human Chain (2010), his elegy for Colin Middleton "Loughanure" becomes a Proustian exercise in remembrance as well as an examination of individual legacy prompting him to return to his time at the Irish College (Coláiste Bhríde) in Rannafast in 1953. In the final two parts of the poem, the young Heaney's inadequacy in Irish dovetails the limitations of remembrance as the elder poet tries "to remember the Greek word signifying / A world restored completely: that would include / Hannah Mhór's turkey-chortle of Irish."1 The Irish College rite of passage is apt for many reasons. Heaney's elegy for Middleton centers on his painting of Loughanure, near Rannafast, which is part of the landscape the poet had recently traveled by ambulance having suffered a stroke—circumstances that clearly add urgency to remembrance. But equally, the Irish College experience was, and still is, about trying to reconnect with the lost legacy of previous generations, a return to the source of language and identity in the Gaeltacht.
Keyword(s): Temporality; Irish Revivalism; Past; Present; Becoming
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Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Yes
Institution: Maynooth University
Citation(s): de Brún, Fionntán (2013) Temporality and Irish Revivalism: Past, Present, and Becoming. New Hibernia Review, 17 (4). pp. 17-47. ISSN 1092-3977
Publisher(s): Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas
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