The Burial at Thebes: A Version of Sophocles' Antigone
Publish date: November 3rd 2004
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages no: 88
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Irish Literature
Seamus Heaney's Antigone is excellent. In part he means to draw a connection between Creon and GW Bush - bear with me - or don't - and while that's vaguely interesting, it also consigns it to be debated in terms of modern politics, which is a shitty little rabbit hole. Sophocles is better than GW Bu...
In 2003, Heaney was asked by the famous Abbey Theater to do a version of Antigone and this is the result. Heaney keeps the poetic form and the sharp, sparse feel of the play. What is most striking about this version is the timeliness of it: the actions of Creon and his refusal to hear reason seems t...