Opened Ground: Selected Poems, 1966-1996

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Nov 9, 1998 - Poetry - 512 pages
65 Reviews
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 Sweeney Astray, and several previously uncollected poems. Heaney's voice is like no other--"by turns mythological and journalistic, rural and sophisticated, reminiscent and impatient, stern and yielding, curt and expansive" (Helen Vendler, The New Yorker)--and this is a one-volume testament to the musicality and precision of that voice. The book closes with Heaney's Nobel Lecture: "Crediting Poetry."

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User Review  - Jack Rabl - Goodreads

A fantastic collection ranging Heaney's career. A truly masterful poet, his meditations upon our life in and part of the natural world, family and ancestors, and the queasy banality of conflict will resonate for generations. Read full review

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User Review  - Sarah Ryburn - Goodreads

This should really be on my "always reading shelf." I love his poetry. It's grounded, almost smelling of the earth (of his native Irish soil), and gritty without being graphic or turning too hard an ... Read full review

About the author (1998)

Seamus Heaney was born in 1939 in Northern Ireland. His award-winning books of poetry include The Haw Lantern, Seeing Things, and The Spirit Level. A resident of Dublin, Heaney has taught poetry at Oxford University and Harvard University.

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