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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: FABER (1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571202403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571202409
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,006,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Seamus Heaney was born in 1939 in County Derry in Northern Ireland. Death of a Naturalist, his first book, appeared in 1966. Since then he has published poetry, criticism and translations for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995. He received the Whitbread Book of the Year for The Spirit Level (1996) and Beowulf (1999). His twelfth and most recent collection, District and Circle, was published in April 2006. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jason P Ruel on May 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
Skeptical at first, it was required reading [in university] that turned out to be welcome reading. Not only are the poems very well written [as would be expected from a winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature] but the way they are presented makes them all the more interesting. He approaches his own life, looking at his transition from childhood to adulthood and his decision of poetry over the rural life of his family.
Noteable poems in this volume include: Digging, Death of a Naturalist, The Early Surges, Lovers on Aran, Poem, and Synge on Aran. 34 poems in total.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tom Adair on September 5, 2000
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Seamus Heaney's first collection of poems is an accessible and understated experiment in lyrical description. It was written in 1966 and what first strikes the contemporary is an adherence to metrical and rhyming (usually off-rhyming) patterns now considered undesirably strict. Much of the time Heaney smacks of Larkin - without (for this reader) the touch of Larkin's charismatic individuality. But one quickly appreciates the earnest craftsmanship of these poems. Indeed Heaney's characteristic equation of poetry with 'working', 'labouring', etc. is evident throughout these early pieces. 'Between my finger and my thumb / The squat pen rests. / I'll dig with it.': there are many instances here of words being forged or moulded or indeed excavated to create a construct of sincere meaning. This is what poetry is all about. Heaney has a strong, unambiguously masculine voice that can, at times, sound like sixteenth-century verse ('Scaffolding' reads like a latterday metaphysical poem). Elsewhere - despite a perhaps enervating lack of humour and whimsicality (although, on consideration, it is by no means a total lack) - these poems sound confident, clear-sighted and sensitive in the way that farmers are (gruffly) sensitive.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Wordsworth on August 31, 2013
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I began reading this first book of poetry by the Nobel Laureate from Ireland a few weeks ago. My wife and daughter were traveling on the Dingle Peninsula and stayed a few nights visiting Trinity College and drank pints of Guinness and Bushmills at the Temple Bar and witnessed the statues of James Joyce and Oscar Wilde in the greens of the great Gaelic capital. Ireland is an island which adores its poets, literary novelists and playwrights with a national ardor that I devoutly wish for my own country so immersed in commercial fare and cultural pap. Have you ever seen photos of the Library at Trinity College Dublin? It's where God goes to read on Sunday. I stayed at home to work and as the iPhone photos came in from Dublin, Galway, Coole, Adare and Dingle, I connected with my beloved family by reading the great Irish naturalist, Seamus Heaney. I finished this book without knowing that he had been so ill and he died the very next day. The timing of the death of this Nobel naturalist and my reading of him struck me as providentially uncanny. But what a magnificent literary legacy he leaves behind and one could see his prolific poetic gifts in this work, his first published collection which paints such a humble and humbling portrait of life among the farms and villages of rural Ireland. This is a hard life with grim realities. It's a life of tilling the boulder laden sod behind horses pulling a plough. Heaney writes about digging potatoes flashing white in soil from the spade and how blackberries ferment and turn green so soon after the picking. He writes about the ability of the Irish to endure great tempests blasting off the ocean. And about the grim business of shooting snipe at dawn.Read more ›
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Last year I decided to read one of Seamus Heaney's poems each morning, beginning with his first collection, Death of a Naturalist. I have two left in this volume. Every word is crafted with precision and care. The poetry is sublime.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Renee S. on December 14, 2011
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ive read studied and taught poetry for years and along with opened ground this is the volume i keep coming back to. themes imagery and emotions that curve with time never to be lost. essential.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Culver TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 14, 2013
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Released in 1966, DEATH OF A NATURALIST was the first collection by the Irish poet Seamus Heaney. While his later work would be more far-ranging, this debut is deeply concerned with the Irish countryside.

Many the poems deal with traditional labour. "Digging", perhaps his most famous poem, begins with a descriptive of the poet's father digging up potatoes with a spade and ends with Heaney's proclamation that the pen will be his tool of choice. In "Follower" he describes how he would walk behind his father as Heaney senior ploughed the field with a team of horses. Even when the poems move on to later periods of Heaney's life when he was living in towns, such as his relationships with women, they continue to use this farm imagery: "Love, I shall perfect for you the child / Who diligently potters in my brain / Digging with heavy spade till sods were piled / Or puddling through muck in a deep drain."

It is not only Heaney's rural upbringing that we find here, but the Irish experience back through time. Some of the poems look back the potato famine that decimated the Irish population in the 19th century. "For the Commander of the Eliza" is narrated by a British captain who meets a rowboat of starving people trying to escape the starving country, but he can't do anything to save them due to British policy of the time: "We'd known about the shortage, but on board / They always kept us right with flour and beef / So understand my feeling's, and the men's / Who had no mandate to relieve distress / Since relief was then available in Westport - / Though clearly these poor brutes would never make it." Of the four scenes in "At a Potato Digging", three are observations of contemporary Irishmen at work and one the poet's imagination of how the 19th-century blight destroyed whole crops.
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