New Selected Poems 1966-1987, Paperback

New Selected Poems 1966-1987 Paperback

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This volume contains a selection of work from each of Seamus Heaney's published books of poetry up to and including the Whitbread prize-winning collection, The Haw Lantern (1987). 'His is 'close-up' poetry - close up to thought, to the world, to the emotions.

Few writers at work today, in verse or fiction, can give the sense of rich, fecund, lived life that Heaney does.' John Banville 'More than any other poet since Wordsworth he can make us understand that the outside world is not outside, but what we are made of.' John Carey


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
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  • Category: Poetry by individual poets
  • ISBN: 9780571143726



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To be honest, I really enjoyed Heaney's poetry: there is a strong imagery in each of his poems, a sense of 'belonging' to a land and its rural roots. I do not know why I have avoided his poetry until my Lit degree course required it, because Irish life, history and culture are evident in the way that Heaney treats his themes. In the end, I have felt many affinities in a lot of his poems because they made me remember my rural roots and childhood in Aveyron, and, like life itself, poetry evolves with age and maturity. Like a good wine, he achieves a mosaic of complex emotions and styles. This is a very good read and I especially recommend this book to people who were raised in the countryside and/or who have lived in close-knit rural communities.

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