At the same time, his Ireland is the site of "neighborly murders," and the past and larger world he confronts is one threatened by history and brutal sectarianism. Heaney has declared, "Fear is the emotion that the muse thrives on. That's always there"--and terror is pervasive in his "land of password, handgrip, wink and nod, / Of open minds as open as a trap." Many of his poems that explore the Troubles reflect his own considerable concern that he has long "confused evasion and artistic tact." Others might be termed self-reflexive, since Heaney uses them to unearth his own role. "Kinship" features a simple, brilliant (not to mention canine!) simile:
I step through originsIn a later poem, "From the Frontier of Writing," he compares the struggle for inspiration to being stopped at a roadblock: "And everything is pure interrogation / until a rifle motions you and you move / with guarded unconcerned acceleration." Heaney's gift is dazzling, and would be almost unbearable were it not matched by vigilance, self-doubt, and regret--and his longing for the day in which "justice can rise up / And hope and history rhyme." --Kerry Fried --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
like a dog turning
its memories of wilderness
on the kitchen mat.
astounding work of art. In my top three poetry works of the last 100 years.Published 1 month ago by Charles Ferraro
Seamus Heaney is a great poet, in my mind of the Robert Frost type. With Frost, New England came clearly through; with Heaney it is Ireland. Read morePublished 8 months ago by James Ellsworth
Seamus Heaney, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, left the world a better place. His death in 2013 was a blow to all who love his work. Read morePublished 13 months ago by K. Holjes
Some of the most moving and heartfelt poetry from one of the greatest poets of our time. A must read. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Liz
A wonderful collection from a master poet. A true treasure. His last collection of some of his most important works.Published 17 months ago by Christopher Roe
He was our master poet and his loss is deeply felt. One poem a day sustains me. Highly recommended for just about anybody.Published 17 months ago by Kate Bernhardt
This is one collection of poetry that I felt I "must have" on my Kindle. When I have a few minutes I can pull up Opened Ground and read the next few poems and know I'll... Read morePublished 17 months ago by M. Heffington