Hermit Songs

Hermit Songs Heaney dedicates his nine-poem sequence to long-time friend, American academic and author Helen Vendler.  He celebrates those who have demonstrated resolute dedication to ‘books’ and scholarship,  who have shut themselves off to a greater or lesser degree from wider society. Some hermit-scholars are legendary and monastic, scribes of illuminated texts; other ‘greats’ are much more recent. With characteristic […]