Sweeney Out-Takes

A three-poem sequence dedicated to the noted contemporary Cork writer and poet Gregory of Corkus, pseudonym for Greg Delanty. Heaney reprises the internal struggles of the medieval Irish king of the Buile Shuibhne (Sweeney Astray,1983). See also the Sweeney Redevivus section in Station Island.  The basic story tells of Sweeney’s behaviour towards Bishop Ronan that brings the curse of madness upon him. He is driven out […]