Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney was born in County Derry in Northern Ireland. Death of a Naturalist, his first collection of poems, appeared in 1966, and was followed by poetry, criticism and translations which established him as the leading poet of his generation. In 1995 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, and twice won the Whitbread Book of the Year, for The Spirit Level (1996) and Beowulf (1999). Stepping Stones, a book of interviews conducted by Dennis O’Driscoll, appeared in 2008; Human Chain, his last volume of poems, was awarded the 2010 Forward Prize for Best Collection. He died in 2013.

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Composed towards the end of the first millennium, the Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf is one of the great Northern epics and a classic of European literature. In his new translation, Seamus ...

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A unique 15 CD boxed set of Seamus Heaney reading his 11 poetry collections in their entirety, produced by Radio Telefis Eireann, the Irish national broadcasting corporation.

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On its original appearance in 1966, forty years ago, Death of a Naturalist won the Cholmondeley Award, the Gregory Award, the Somerset Maugham Award and the Geoffrey Faber Prize.

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Seamus Heaney's new collection starts 'in an age of bare hands and cast iron' and ends 'as the automatic lock / clunks shut' in the eerie new conditions of a ...

Originally published in 1969, Seamus Heaney's Door into the Dark continues a furrow so startlingly opened in his first collection, Death of a Naturalist (1966). With the sensuosness and ...

Electric Light travels widely in time and space, visiting the sites of the classical world, revisiting the poet's childhood: rural electrification and the light of ancient evenings are reconciled ...

At the centre of this collection, which includes groups of elegies and love poems, there is a short sonnet sequence which concentrates themes apparent elsewhere in the book: the individual ...

This is a gathering together of Seamus Heaney's marvellous critical prose. Whether autobiographical, topical or specifically literary, these pieces circle his central preoccupying questions: 'How should a poet properly ...

The title, The Government of the Tongue, carries suggestions of both monastic discipline and untrammelled romanticism, and is meant to raise an old question about the rights and status of ...

Seamus Heaney’s twelfth collection elicits continuities and solidarities, between husband and wife, child and parent, then and now, inside an intently remembered present - the stepping stones of the day ...

Jan Kochanowski

Jan Kochanowski (1530-1584) is acknowledged to be the first great poet in Poland's vernacular literary tradition. His Treny (or Laments) represent the height of his achievement. They are an ...

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).

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In North Seamus Heaney found a myth which allowed him to articulate a vision of Ireland - its people, history and landscape. Here the Irish experience is refracted through images drawn ...

When Seamus Heaney prepared Opened Ground it came as close to being a 'Collected Poems' as the author cared to make it. This edition draws from four decades of Seamus ...

Thirteen of Seamus Heaney's much-loved collections, all in Faber's iconic typographical poetry series look.

Includes the collections:

Death of a Naturalist
Door into the Dark
Wintering Out
North ...

This collection of Seamus Heaney's work, especially in the vivid and  surprising twelve-line poems entitled 'Squarings', shows he is ready to re-imagine experience and 'to credit marvels'.

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The title poem from this collection is set on an island that has been a site of pilgrimage in Ireland for over a thousand years. A narrative sequence, it is ...

Sweeney Astray is Seamus Heaney's version of the medieval Irish work Buile Suibhne - the first complete translation since 1913. Its hero, Mad Sweeney, undergoes a series of purgatorial adventures ...

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Inspired by Seamus Heaney's poems, and notably by his version of the medieval Irish saga Buile Suibhne , the American photographer Rachel Giese has produced a stunning portfolio of pictures ...

Commissioned to mark the centenary of the Abbey Theatre in Dublin in 2004, The Burial at Thebes is Seamus Heaney's new verse translation of Sophocles' great tragedy, Antigone - whose ...

Seamus Heaney's version of Sophocles's Philoctetes is particularly responsive to the Greek playwright's understanding of the relations between public and private morality. The Cure at Troy dramatizes ...

Widely praised on its first publication in 1978, The Haw Lantern ventured into new imaginative territory with poems exploring the theme of loss - including a celebrated sonnet sequence concerning the ...

Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney

Conceived of as a collection of the editors' own favourite poems, The Rattle Bag (originally published in 1982) has established itself as the classic anthology of our time.

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These lectures were delivered by Seamus Heaney while he was Professor of Poetry at Oxford University. In the first of them, Heaney discusses and celebrates poetry's special ability to ...

Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney

A companion to The Rattle Bag, The School Bag is an engaging and authoritative selection for the classroom.

Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes have chosen an eclectic range of poets ...

The poems in Seamus Heaney's collection The Spirit Level keep discovering the possibilities of 'a new beginning' in all kinds of subjects and circumstances. What is at stake, in ...

The greatest of the late medieval Scots makars , Robert Henryson was influenced by their vision of the frailty and pathos of human life, and by the inherited poetic example of ...

W. B. Yeats & Seamus Heaney

W. B. Yeats (1865-1939) was not only Ireland's greatest poet but one of the most influential voices in world literature in the twentieth century.

His extraordinary work, in the ...

William Wordsworth

In this series, a contemporary poet selects and introduces a poet of the past. By their selection of verses and by the personal and critical reactions they express in their ...

'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 ...

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