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Crediting Poetry: The Nobel Lecture

by Seamus Heaney

The Nobel Lecture??Seamus Heaney received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995 ‘for works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt the every day miracles and the living past’.??Crediting Poetry...


Wintering Out

by Seamus Heaney

'Seamus Heaney has gone beyond the themes of his earlier poetry and has made the giant step towards the most ambitious, most intractable themes of maturity. The power of this book comes from a sense that he...


Death of a Naturalist

by Seamus Heaney

Death of a Naturalist (1966) marked the auspicious debut of a universally

acclaimed master of modern literature. As a first book of poems, it is

remarkable for its accurate perceptions and rich linguistic gifts....


Finders Keepers

by Seamus Heaney

Whether autobiographical, topical, or specifically literary, these writings circle the central preoccupying questions of Seamus Heaney's career: "How should a poet properly live and write? What is his relationship...


Death of a Naturalist

by Seamus Heaney

Death of a Naturalist (1966) marked the auspicious debut of a universally

acclaimed master of modern literature. As a first book of poems, it is

remarkable for its accurate perceptions and rich linguistic gifts....


Door into the Dark

by Seamus Heaney

Door into the Dark, Heaney's second collection of poems, first appeared in 1969. Already his widely celebrated gifts of precision, thoughtfulness, and musicality were everywhere apparent.


North

by Seamus Heaney

With this collection, first published in 1975, Heaney located a myth which allowed him to articulate a vision of Ireland--its people, history, and landscape--and which gave his poems direction, cohesion, and...


The Cure at Troy

by Seamus Heaney

The Cure at Troy is Seamus Heaney's version of Sophocles' Philoctetes. Written in the fifth century BC, this play concerns the predicament of the outcast hero, Philoctetes, whom the Greeks marooned on the island...


Sweeney Astray

by Seamus Heaney

Sweeney Astray is Seamus Heaney's version of the medieval Irish work Buile Suibne. Its hero, Mad Sweeney, undergoes a series of purgatorial adventures after he is cursed by a saint and turned into a bird at...


Station Island

by Seamus Heaney

The title poem of this collection, set on an Irish island, tells of a pilgrim on an inner journey that leads him back into the world that formed him, and then forward to face the crises of the present. Writing...


The Spirit Level

by Seamus Heaney

In The Spirit Level, as ever with Seamus Heaney, personal memory and humble domestic objects -- a whitewash brush, a sofa, a swing -- are endowed with talismanic significance, and throughout the collection he...


Selected Poems, 1966-1987

by Seamus Heaney

This selection of poems, as chosen by the author, provides a retrospective view of the achievement of one of the most highly regarded and eagerly read writers of our time. Heaney, who received the Nobel Prize...


Seeing Things

by Seamus Heaney

Seeing Things (1991), as Edward Hirsch wrote in The New York Times Book Review, "is a book of thresholds and crossings, of losses balanced by marvels, of casting and gathering and the hushed, contrary air between...


The Redress of Poetry

by Seamus Heaney

Heaney's ten lectures as Professor of Poetry at Oxford explore the poetry of a wide range of writers, from Christopher Marlowe to John Clare to Oscar Wilde. Whether he concentrates on moments in the works under...


Preoccupations

by Seamus Heaney

Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney's first collection of prose, Preoccupations, begins with a vivid account of his early years on his father's farm in Northern Ireland and his coming of age as a student and teacher...


Poems, 1965-1975

by Seamus Heaney

This volume gathers nearly all of the poems from Heaney's first four collections: Death of a Naturalist (1966), Door into the Dark (1969), Wintering Out (1972), and North (1975).


Opened Ground

by Seamus Heaney

As selected by the author, Opened Ground includes the essential work from Heaney's twelve previous books of poetry, as well as new sequences drawn from two of his landmark translations, The Cure at Troy and...


Human Chain

by Seamus Heaney

A Boston Globe Best Poetry Book of 2011Winner of the 2011 Griffin Poetry PrizeWinner of the 2011 Poetry Now Award

Seamus Heaney’s new collection elicits continuities and solidarities, between husband and wife,...


The Haw Lantern

by Seamus Heaney

This collection of thirty-one poems is Seamus Heaney's first since Station Island. The Haw Lantern is a magnificent book that further extends the range of a poet who has always put his trust in the possibilities...


The Government of the Tongue

by Seamus Heaney

In his volume of critical essays The Government of the Tongue, Seamus Heaney scrutinizes the poetry of many masterful poets. Throughout the collection, Heaney's gifts as a wise and genial reader are exercised...