Sweeney Astray

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Sweeney Astray: A Version from the Irish
First edition
Author Seamus Heaney
Country Ireland
Language English
Publisher Field Day Publications, Derry/Dublin[1]
Publication date
Pages 85
ISBN 0-946755-03-5
OCLC 11339072
821/.914 19
LC Class PR6058.E2 S9 1984b

Sweeney Astray: A Version from the Irish is a version of the Irish poem Buile Shuibhne written by Seamus Heaney, based on an earlier translation by J.G. O'Keeffe.[2][3] The work was first published in 1983 and photographer Rachel Giese later took revised portions of the poem to accompany a collection of her photos titled Sweeney's Flight.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b Saunders, Emma (2010). "Field Day Papers" (PDF). National Library of Ireland. p. 81. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  2. ^ John, Brian (December 1985). "Sweeney Astray: A Version from the Irish by Seamus Heaney; Station Island by Seamus Heaney; Hailstones by Seamus Heaney". The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies. 11 (2): 89–91. JSTOR 25512647. 
  3. ^ Downum, Denell (Fall–Winter 2009). "Sweeney Astray: The Other in Oneself". Éire-Ireland. 44 (3 & 4): 75–93. doi:10.1353/eir.0.0050. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  4. ^ McCarthy, Conor (2008). Seamus Heaney and Medieval Poetry. DS Brewer. p. 8. ISBN 9781843841418. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Potts, Donna L. (2011). Contemporary Irish Poetry and the Pastoral Tradition. University of Missouri. pp. 63–64. ISBN 9780826219435. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
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