North: Poems

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Jan 28, 2014 - Poetry - 73 pages
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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.


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I was doing research on Seamus Heaney and Northern Ireland before traveling there. These poems were better understood by me after my trip and having experienced the country in person. Read full review

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User Review  - whitewavedarling - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review


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Seamus Heaney (1939-2013) received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995. His poems, plays, translations, and essays include Opened Ground, Electric Light, Beowulf, The Spirit Level, District and Circle, and Finders Keepers. Robert Lowell praised Heaney as the "most important Irish poet since Yeats."

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