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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This is a very nice introduction to Heaney's poetry, with which I was only moderately familiar prior to reading this. Heaney can be a bit hit-or-miss for me at times, and I much prefer his later ... Read full review

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Not a huge fan, but The Ministry of Fear was fairly good. 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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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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