Opened Ground: Selected Poems, 1966-1996

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Macmillan, Nov 9, 1998 - Poetry - 443 pages
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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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Seamus Heaney is certainly a great Irish poet and a great naturalist poet. I think he goes even beyond just those limits. His poetry, in my mind, embodies everything that makes the English language ... Read full review

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Seamus Heaney is a master at his craft. His poems are evocative and ensnaring. They deal with the culture of Ireland in actions and landmarks. His works are emotional and stirring. Read full review

Contents

from Door into the Dark 1969
17
from Wintering Out 1972
43
from Stations 1975
79
from North 1975
91
from Field Work 1979
137
from Sweeney Astray 1983
181
from Station Island 1984
199
from The Haw Lantern 1987
267
from The Cure at Troy 1990
301
from Seeing Things 1991
309
from The Spirit Level 1996
369
Crediting Poetry 1995
413
Index of Titles
433
Index of First Lines
437
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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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