Faber Members get 10% off their first order

Electric Light

Seamus Heaney

Electric Light by Seamus Heaney is the eleventh collection from the Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet, full of delicately prescriptive tonalities.

3 in stock

£10.99
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571207985
Date Published
19.03.2001
Delivery
All orders are sent via Royal Mail and are tracked: choose from standard or premium delivery.
Summary

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 within the orbit of a single lifetime. This is a book about origins (not least the origins of words) and oracles: the places where things start from, the ground of understanding – whether in Arcadia or Anahorish, the sanctuary at Epidaurus or the Bann valley in County Derry.

Electric Light ranges from short takes (‘glosses’) to conversation poems whose cunning passagework gives rein to ‘the must and drift of talk’; other poems are arranged in sections, their separate cargoes docked alongside each other to reveal a hidden and curative connection. The presocratic wisdom that everything flows is held in tension with the fixities of remembrance: elegising friends and fellow poets, naming ‘the real names’ of contemporaries behind the Shakespearean roles they played at school. These gifts of recollection renew the poet’s calling to assign to things their proper names. The resulting poems are full of delicately prescriptive tonalities, where Heaney can be heard extending his word-hoard and rollcall in this, his eleventh collection.

SeamusHeaney

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…

Read More
SeamusHeaney
Seamus-Heaney-1.jpg
More books by Seamus Heaney
Seeing-Things.jpg

Seeing Things
Seamus Heaney
£10.99