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Seamus Heaney The Other Side Act of Union and The Ministry of Fear The schizophrenia of the two Irelands and the question of cultural identity TABLE OF CONTENTS 1 Introduction 3 11 Seamus Heaney 3 12 Heaneys Ireland The Political Background 3 13 Heaneys poetry 3 2 The Other Side 5 21 Structure 5 22 Sources of Identity and Difference between the Neighbours 5 221 Religion 5 222 Land 6 223 Mutual dependence of both sides 7 23 The message of The Other Side 8 3 Act of Union 9 31 Structure 9 32 Cathleen ni Houlihan the conqeror and their offspring 9 33 Ulster - A Chimera 11 4 The Ministry of Fear 12 41 Structure 12 42 Hobnailed boots from beyond the mountains 13 43 Inferiority or Northern Irish Identity 15 5 Conclusion 16 6 List of Works Cited 17 61 Text 17 62 References 17 1 INTRODUCTION 11 SEAMUS HEANEY Heaney by his own definition was always a bookish creature Born near Castledawson in County Derry as the eldest son of eight children born in a Catholic Nationalist family he made the usual transition to the Catholic education system At an early age he began to discard the history of farming with which his family had been associated for generations to become Irelands greatest living poet He started school at St Columbs college in Derry as a boarder and then moved on to Queens University Belfast In 1966 by the age of 27 had his first collection of poems published by Faber and Faber By the present day he has published 10 volumes of poetry several collections of critical essays and was awarded numerous prizes among them the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995 12
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