North, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


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 cumulative power.

In "North," the Irish experience is refracted through images drawn from different parts of the Northern European experience, and the idea of the north allows the poet to contemplate the violence on his home ground in relation to memories of the Scandinavian and English invasions which have marked Irish history so indelibly.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Poetry by individual poets
  • ISBN: 9780571108138



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Heaney's language is as careful and apparently effortless as usual--the detail-based poems here paint thought-provoking scenes and characters that are well worth the exploration for poetry lovers. While I can't say that each and every poem is one that drove me forward, there are some here that I'm sure to come back to repeatedly, and for me that's always the mark of a strong worthwhile collection. These poems do take some devotion and energy to pursue, but I'd absolutely recommend them to lovers of poetry and writers at large.

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