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“Heaney is keyed and pitched unlike any significant poet now at work in the language, anywhere.” ―Harold Bloom, The Times Literary Supplement

“In 1938, not a moment too soon, W. B. Yeats abmonished his colleagues: 'Irish poets, learn your trade.' Seamus Heaney, born the following year, has learned his trade so well that it is now a second nature wonderfully responsive to his first.” ―Denis Donoghue, The New York Times Book Review (front page)

“His is the most striking talent to come out of Ireland since that of the late Patrick Kavanagh.” ―Stephen Spender

“Heaney has all the primary gifts of a poet, and they are gifts put at the service of a constant meditation on primary themes, on nature and history and moral choice.” ―John Gross, The New York Times

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Seamus Heaney (1939-2013) received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995. His poems, plays, translations, and essays include Opened Ground, Electric Light, Beowulf, The Spirit Level, District and Circle, and Finders Keepers. Robert Lowell praised Heaney as the "most important Irish poet since Yeats."

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Noonday Press; 9.1.1988 edition (October 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374516529
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374516529
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Images of water and earth. often combined as mud or bogs, dominate these poems. Almost every one contains the words "dark" or "black." Many of them are memories of agricultural operations that sound so primitive (ploughing with horses, churning by hand) that I was not sure if they were genuine. (But should that make a difference? What if we learned that Seamus Heaney was born and raised in Manhattan? ). They are written in the colloquial style of the British "Movement" Some of them contain subtle rhymes and rhythms but some, such at the relatively cheerful "Churning Day" could just as well, or even better, be printed as chunks of prose. There is very little politics but it is evident that he writes as a Northern Itish Catholic.
It's the only book-length Heany I've read so I don't know how representative the selection is. It contains poems from "Death of a Naturalist," "Door Into the Dark." "Wintering Out," "A Northern Hoard," "North" and "Singing School."
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Just a good read. As you would expect from Seamus Heaney. You can carry this book but Heaney can carry you. I strongly suggest this book to anyone interested in Irish poets/writers. I suggest this book for anyone interested in BOOKS!His imagery is deeper than most poets'. In the States _in school- we read Robert Frost and all that bunk. But Heaney's work is something completely different and even a bit unexpected at times. I love it.What else can I say?
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A great collection- three books in one. Here is Seamus Heaney at the beginning of his writing work- a good foundation for reading what he created laters
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Heaney is the master of agrarian spiritual poetry after Kavanagh, even though he doesn't give a fig about feminist issues. He mostly objectifies women in the most beguiling way (seriously, I'm charmed, most of the time). His descriptions of the landscape are so poignant and compelling, I don't even mind; okay, I mind a lot in "Punishment" in particular, but other than that, he gets a pass because his verse is keen, lyrical, and moving. His verse is fluid and flexible, but always grounded in the particularities of place: accessible without sacrificing sophistication.
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