Growing up in rural Ireland during an ascendant murderous I.R.A. seeking revenge on England was enough for young Seamus to seek refuge in manual labor and writing.
Only someone with the courage of Lincoln could strive to outpace the poverty British colonial life bequeathed to those living under its genocidal tutelage. For most, satanic violence was the only way out from the suffocating confines of 'the troubles'.
Seamus Heaney's Nobel Prize Acceptance Lecture speaks to those that seek new life amid carnage. It is a great place to start for parents to begin, as they seek to teach their children how to write well. Here, Seamus teaches of time, movement and events that was pre-sexual, pre-literate.
Team Class Oracle will be presenting a writing program to help families introduce their children to the capacity for self expression in writing. We begin by having parents read Heaney's Noble Lecture, as he confronts both a genocidal colonial legacy and the sources that helped secure an enduring gift.