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Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney
Photograph by John Minihan. Copyright of University College Cork.

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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Photograph by John Minihan. Copyright of University College Cork.

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Aeneid Book VI
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Aeneid Book VI

Seamus Heaney
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A masterpiece from one of the greatest poets of the century

In a momentous publication, Seamus Heaney’s translation of Book VI of the Aeneid, Virgil’s epic poem composed sometime...

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Selected Poems 1988-2013
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Selected Poems 1988-2013

Seamus Heaney
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A new edition of the later selected work of a Nobel Prize-winning poet

Often considered to be "the greatest poet of our age" (The Guardian), Seamus Heaney was awarded...

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Selected Poems 1966-1987
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Selected Poems 1966-1987

Seamus Heaney
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

"Between my fingers and my thumb
The squat pen rests.
I'll dig with it."

Selected Poems 1966–1987 assembles the groundbreaking work of the first half of Seamus Heaney's extraordinary...

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Death of a Naturalist
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Death of a Naturalist

Seamus Heaney
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Death of a Naturalist (1966) marked the auspicious debut of Seamus Heaney, a universally acclaimed master of modern literature. As a first book of poems, it is remarkable for its accurate...

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Door into the Dark
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Door into the Dark

Seamus Heaney
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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North
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North

Seamus Heaney
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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,...

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Crediting Poetry
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Crediting Poetry

Seamus Heaney
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Seamus Heaney's Nobel Lecture, captured here in Crediting Poetry, is a powerful defense of poetry as "the ship and the anchor" of our spirit within an ocean of violent, divisive politics and...

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The Haw Lantern
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The Haw Lantern

Seamus Heaney
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

This collection of thirty-one poems is Seamus Heaney's first since Station Island. The Haw Lantern is a magnificent book that further extends the range of a poet who has always put...

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Human Chain
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Human Chain

Seamus Heaney
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A Boston Globe Best Poetry Book of 2011
Winner of the 2011 Griffin Poetry Prize
Winner of the 2011 Poetry Now Award

Seamus Heaney's new collection elicits continuities and...

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The Testament of Cresseid and Seven Fables
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The Testament of Cresseid and Seven Fables

Robert Henryson; Translated by Seamus Heaney
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The greatest of the late medieval Scots makars, Robert Henryson was influenced by their vision of the frailty and pathos of human life, and by the inherited poetic example of Geoffrey Chaucer....

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Field Work
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Field Work

FSG Classics

Seamus Heaney
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Field Work is the record of four years during which Seamus Heaney left the violence of Belfast to settle in a country cottage with his family in Glanmore, County Wicklow. Heeding "an early...

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District and Circle
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District and Circle

Seamus Heaney
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Seamus Heaney's new collection starts "In an age of bare hands and cast iron" and ends as "The automatic lock / clunks shut" in the eerie new conditions of a menaced twenty-first century. In their...

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The Burial at Thebes
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The Burial at Thebes

Translated by Seamus Heaney; Sophocles
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

In this outstanding new translation, commissioned by Ireland's renowned Abbey Theatre to commemorate its centenary, Seamus Heaney exposes the darkness and the humanity in Sophocles' masterpiece,...

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The Rattle Bag
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The Rattle Bag

Edited by Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The Rattle Bag is an anthology of poetry (mostly in English but occasionally in translation) for general readers and students of all ages and backgrounds. These poems have been selected by...

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Finders Keepers
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Finders Keepers

Seamus Heaney
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A selection of the best of three decades of writing about poetry, a celebration of the "tenacious curiosity" (Los Angeles Times) of the Nobel laureateWhether autobiographical, topical,...

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Nativity Poems
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Nativity Poems

Joseph Brodsky; Translated by Melissa Green, Seamus Heaney, Anthony Hecht, Glyn Maxwell, Paul Muldoon, Derek Walcott, Richard Wilbur, and the author; Photographs by Mikhael Lemkhin
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Christmas poems by the Nobel LaureateTo Him, all things seemed enormous: His mother's breast, the steam out of the ox's nostrils, Caspar, Balthazar, Melchior, the team

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Electric Light
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Electric Light

Seamus Heaney
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The powerful collection by the bestselling translator of Beowulf

In the finland of perch, the fenland of alder, on air
That is water, on carpets of Bann stream,...

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Diary of One Who Vanished
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Diary of One Who Vanished

Seamus Heaney; A Song Cycle by Leos Janacek of Poems by Ozef Kalda
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A Cycle of Love Songs Translated by the Nobel Laureate"Dappled woodland light,Spring well chill and bright,Eyes like stars at night,Open knees so white.Four things...

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Beowulf
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Beowulf

Seamus Heaney
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A brilliant and faithful rendering of the Anglo-Saxon epic from the Nobel laureate.Composed toward the end of the first millennium of our era, Beowulf is the elegiac narrative of the...

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Opened Ground
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Opened Ground

Seamus Heaney
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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...

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Homage to Robert Frost
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Homage to Robert Frost

Joseph Brodsky, Seamus Heaney, and Derek Walcott
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Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Three of our generation's greatest poets explore the misconceptions and mythologies that surround Robert Frost.

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The Spirit Level
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The Spirit Level

Seamus Heaney
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The Spirit Level was the first book of poems Heaney published after winning the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995. Reviewing this book in The New York Times Book Review, Richard Tillinghast...

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The Redress of Poetry
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The Redress of Poetry

Seamus Heaney
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Seamus Heaney defines the title of this work of criticism as follows: "To redress poetry is to know and celebrate it for its forcibleness as itself . . . not only as a matter of profferd argument...

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Seeing Things
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Seeing Things

Seamus Heaney
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Seeing Things (1991), as Edward Hirsch wrote in The New York Times Book Review, "is a book of thresholds and crossings, of losses balanced by marvels, of casting and gathering and the...

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The Cure at Troy
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The Cure at Troy

Seamus Heaney
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The Cure at Troy is Seamus Heaney's version of Sophocles' Philoctetes. Written in the fifth century BC, this play concerns the predicament of the outcast hero, Philoctetes, whom the...

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The Government of the Tongue
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The Government of the Tongue

Seamus Heaney
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

In this volume of critical essays, Seamus Heaney scrutinizes the poetry of many masterful poets. Throughout the collection, Heaney's gifts as a wise and genial reader are exercised with characteristic...

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Station Island
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Station Island

Seamus Heaney
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The title poem of this collection, set on an Irish island, tells of a pilgrim on an inner journey that leads him back into the world that formed him, and then forward to face the crises of the present....

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Sweeney Astray
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Sweeney Astray

Seamus Heaney
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Sweeney Astray is Seamus Heaney's version of the medieval Irish work Buile Suibne. Its here, Mad Sweeney, undergoes a series of purgatorial adventures after he is cursed by a saint and turned into...

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Poems, 1965-1975
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Poems, 1965-1975

Seamus Heaney
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

This volume gathers nearly all of the poems from Heaney's first four collections: Death of a Naturalist (1966), Door into the Dark (1969), Wintering Out (1972), and North...

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Preoccupations
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Preoccupations

Seamus Heaney
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney's first collection of prose, Preoccupations, begins with a vivid account of his early years on his father's farm in Northern Ireland and his coming of age as a...

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