Tipo di esercizi
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Completamento aperto,
Completamento chiuso,
Posizionamento,
Trova errore,
Vero o falso
Libro
Performer Heritage vol.2
Capitolo
Seamus Heaney
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Seamus Heaney: life and works
Read the following sentences and say whether they are true or false.
A: Seamus Heaney was born in 1939 into an atheist family.
B: He was brought up on a farm called Mossbawn, in County Derry, Northern Ireland.
C: He lived in an atmosphere of warmth and affection, even though outside his house there was conflict and division.
D: At the age of 6 he won a scholarship to St. Columb's College, a Catholic primary school.
E: There, he had to deal with the religious and cultural division of Ulster.
F: He felt British in a State which considered itself Irish.
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Heaney and politics
Read the following sentences and say whether they are true or false.
A: Heaney was attacked by both Unionists and Republicans.
B: Unionists accused him of being a Protestant poet.
C: Republican sympathisers maintained that he did not take a clear stance in favour of the movement for independence.
D: He was praised for comparing the conflict in Northern Ireland to prehistoric blood sacrifices.
E: He saw the bog victims as archetypal symbols for the need felt by communities to make blood sacrifices.
F: His work aims at examining historical reasons and their psychological consequences.
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Seamus Heaney: life and works
Put the following information related to Seamus Heaney's life and works in the correct order: write numbers from 1 to 6.

________ He graduated in English Language and Literature.
________ He settled in Belfast.
________ He went to Belfast after the introduction of internment without trial.
________ He started to work at the University of California, Berkeley.
________ He made his home at Sandymount, Dublin.
________ His poetry became 'politicised'.
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Seamus Heaney: life and works
Choose the correct alternatives to complete the sentence.

Seamus Heaney
A: began to write poetry in the early 1960s.
B: gave poetry lessons to Philip Hobsbaum in Belfast.
C: published his first collection of poems, Death of a Naturalist, in 1966.
D: had no success with his early works.
E: worked with BBC radio and television.
F: published articles and reviews only in Irish journals.
G: became an important public commentator in the late Sixties and early Seventies.
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Seamus Heaney: life and works
Match Heaney's works with the correct information.

1. It is the result of Heaney's meditation on his reading of The Bog People: ________
2. It proves Heaney's concern with new political realities and is a celebration of what lasts in memory: ________
3. It shows Heaney's involvement in the civil rights movement: ________
4. It testifies Heaney's return to the memories of his childhood: ________
5. It is a response to the increasing complexity of the Irish Question caused by the IRA: ________
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Seamus Heaney: life and works
Choose the correct alternative to complete the sentences.

1. Both Selected Poems 1965-1975 and Preoccupations: Selected Prose 1968-1978 appeared in ________.
2. In 1999 Heaney published a ________ the Scandinavian epic poem Beowulf.
3. With the collection Electric Light he returned to memory, elegy and the ________ tradition.
4. District and Circle, published in 2006, was awarded the ________.
5. Human Chain was published ________ years before his death.
6. Heaney wrote the poem From the ________ of Conscience at the specific request of Amnesty International.
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Seamus Heaney: themes
Read the text below and find the five mistakes in it.

The late poems by Seamus Heaney are based on the world of his childhood. They are set in modern County Derry, which becomes the 'country of the mind'. Heaney describes what man and nature share, putting great emphasis on human feeling. In his poems, labour is never alienating; on the contrary, it is felt as productive and satisfying. The poet is intimately involved with his own family, where the interchange between man and nature enlarges his consciousness and makes him feel he is the inheritor of rural traditions of leisure and service.
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Seamus Heaney: themes
Tick the words or phrases related to Seamus Heaney's themes.
A: Death.
B: Joy.
C: Isolation.
D: Art.
E: Suffering.
F: University life.
G: Science.
H: Everyday life.
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Seamus Heaney: style
Complete the sentences with the correct information.

1. There is often a ________ in Heaney's poems, which is told from a particular place and time.
2. The poet elaborated his own quatrain form, where the lines dissolve into each other thanks to the technique of ________.
3. As in the Anglo-Saxon tradition, the lines are broken to coincide with the ________ phrases.
4. This form gives them an ________ quality.
5. Heaney makes use of alliteration and onomatopoeia, and often imitates Anglo-Saxon ________.
7. He also employs northern ________ and words from the Gaelic language.
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Heaney and politics
Complete the sentences with the words below.

1. The divisions inside society darkened the ________ of Heaney's work in the 1970s.
2. The ________ of the conflict between Protestant Unionists and Catholic Nationalists in Northern Ireland is always present in his work.
3. He reflected on the question of poetry's ________ in the world.
4. He believed in the ________ for creative freedom.
5. He felt the pressure to express a sense of social ________ as a citizen.
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