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Heaney, Seamus 1939-2013

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Most widely held works by Seamus Heaney
Beowulf : a new verse translation by Seamus Heaney( Book )

121 editions published between 1976 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 5,462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Composed toward the end of the first millennium of our era, Beowulf is the elegiac narrative of the adventures of Beowulf, a Scandinavian hero who saves the Danes from the seemingly invincible monster Grendel and, later, from Grendel's mother. He then returns to his own country and dies in old age in a vivid fight against a dragon. The poem is about encountering the monstrous, defeating it, and then having to live on in the exhausted aftermath. In the contours of this story, at once remote and uncannily familiar at the end of the twentieth century, Seamus Heaney finds a resonance that summons power to the poetry from deep beneath its surface. Drawn to what he has called the "four-squareness of the utterance" in Beowulf and its immense emotional credibility, Heaney gives these epic qualities new and convincing reality for the contemporary reader
The spirit level by Seamus Heaney( Book )

58 editions published between 1996 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 2,117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this collection, as ever with Heaney, personal memory and humble domestic objects -- a whitewash brush, a sofa, a swing -- are endowed with talismanic significance, and throughout the collection he addresses his growing concerns, which inevitably include the political situation in his native Northern Ireland, in a poetry that never ceases to be fluid, alert, and completely truthful
Station Island by Seamus Heaney( Book )

63 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,914 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collection of poems by Heaney set on an island which has been a site of pilgrimage in Ireland for over a thousand years. His pilgrim is on an inner journey and proceeds through a series of encounters which lead him back into the which which first formed him and then forward to face the crises of the present. The long poem is preceded by a section of meditative lyrics that leads into a group of poems in which the poet's voice is at one with the voice of the legendary Sweeney, a King of Ulster, Ireland of the Buile Suibhne Geilt
Electric light by Seamus Heaney( Book )

50 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,786 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the bestselling translator of "Beowulf" comes a new collection of short takes and conversational poems recollecting his childhood in Ireland
The redress of poetry by Seamus Heaney( Book )

44 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in English and held by 1,670 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These lectures were delivered by Seamus Heaney while he was Professor of Poetry at Oxford University. In the first of them, Heaney discusses and celebrates poetry's special ability to redress spiritual balance and to function as a counterweight to hostile and oppressive forces in the world. He proceeds to explore how this 'redress' manifests itself in a diverse range of poems and poets, including Christopher Marlowe's 'Hero and Leander', 'The Midnight Court' by the eighteenth-century Irish poet Brian Merriman, John Clare's vernacular writing and Oscar Wilde's 'The Ballad of Reading Gaol'. Seve
District and circle by Seamus Heaney( Book )

42 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,578 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 haunted, almost visionary clarity, the poems assay the weight and worth of what has been held in the hand and in the memory. Images out of a childhood spent safe from the horrors of World War II - railway sleepers, a sledgehammer, the "heavyweight / Silence" of "Cattle out in rain"--Are colored by a strongly contemporary sense that "Anything can happen," and other images from the dangerous present - a journey on the Underground, a melting glacier - are fraught with this same anxiety. But District and Circle, which includes a number of prose poems and translations, offers resistance as the poet gathers his staying powers and stands his ground in the hiding places of love and excited language. In a sequence like "The Tollund Man in Springtime" and in several poems which "do the rounds of the district"--its known roads and rivers and trees, its familiar and unfamiliar ghosts - the gravity of memorial is transformed into the grace of recollection. With more relish and conviction than ever, Seamus Heaney maintains his trust in the obduracy of workaday realities and the mystery of everyday renewals. --Publisher
Seeing things by Seamus Heaney( Book )

54 editions published between 1991 and 2019 in 3 languages and held by 1,571 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collection of poems whose themes deal with memories, textures, and sensations of the world
Human chain by Seamus Heaney( Book )

27 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 1,477 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Heaney's new collection elicits continuities and solidarities, between husband and wife, child and parent, then and now, inside an intently remembered present--the stepping stones of the day, the weight and heft of what is passed from hand to hand, lifted and lowered
North by Seamus Heaney( Book )

110 editions published between 1975 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,470 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"With this new collection Seamus Heaney has found a myth which allows him to articulate a vision of Ireland -its people, history, and landscape- and which gives the book direction, cohesion and cumulative power. Here the Irish experience is refracted through images drawn from different parts of the Northern European experience, and the idea of the northallows the poet to contemplate the violence on his home ground in relation to memorries of the Scandinavian and English invasions which have marked Irish history so indelibly."
Finders keepers : selected prose, 1971-2001 by Seamus Heaney( Book )

41 editions published between 1991 and 2021 in 4 languages and held by 1,354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: A selection of the best of three decades of writing about poetry, a celebration of the "tenacious curiosity" (Los Angeles Times) of the Nobel laureate. Whether autobiographical, topical, or specifically literary, these writings circle the central preoccupying questions of Seamus Heaney's career: "How should a poet properly live and write? What is his relationship to his own voice, his own place, his literary heritage, and the contemporary world?" Along with a selection from Heaney's three previous collections of prose (Preoccupations, The Government of the Tongue, and The Redress of Poetry), the present volume includes a rich variety of pieces not previously collected in books, ranging from formal lectures to radio commentaries about the rural Ireland of his childhood to illuminating reviews of his contemporaries. In its soundings of a wide range of poets-Irish and British, American and Eastern European, predecessors, fellows, and successors-Finders Keepers becomes, as its title heralds, "an announcement of both excitement and possession."
The haw lantern by Seamus Heaney( Book )

33 editions published between 1987 and 2019 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seamus Heaney describes the haw lantern as "small light for small people" but there is more than tiny illumination emanating from one of Ireland's premier poets. Heaney peppers this short collection of poems with crafty language and natural objects: "I heard the hatchet's differentiated/Accurate cut, the crack, the sigh/And collapse of what luxuriated/Through the shocked tips and wreckage of it all." The Haw Lantern won England's Whitbread Prize in 1987
The burial at Thebes : a version of Sophocles' Antigone by Seamus Heaney( Book )

36 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 1,257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sophocles' play stands as a timely exploration of the conflict between those who affirm the individual's human rights and those who must protect the state's security. During the War of the Seven Against Thebes, Antigone learns that her brothers have killed each other, having been forced onto opposing sides. When Creon, king of Thebes, grants burial of one but not the "treacherous" other, Antigone defies his order, believing it her duty to bury all of her close kin. Enraged, Creon condemns her to death, and his soldiers wall her up in a tomb. In this new translation, Seamus Heaney exposes the darkness and the humanity in Sophocles' masterpiece, and inks it with his own modern and masterly touch
Opened ground : selected poems, 1966-1996 by Seamus Heaney( Book )

65 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selected poems by the Nobel Prizewinning Irish poet are taken from Heaney's twelve previous collections and includes work published since 1987. This volume gathers the landmark poems from the poets twelve previous collections, & brings the reader up to date with the work published since 1987. Annotation. 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."
Death of a naturalist by Seamus Heaney( Book )

110 editions published between 1966 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,085 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First volume of poems by Seamus Heaney
Poems, 1965-1975 by Seamus Heaney( Book )

21 editions published between 1980 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,081 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poems from Heaney's four collections that are no longer available in the United States: "Death of a naturalist" (1966), "Door into the dark" (1969), "Wintering out" (1972) and "North" (1975). Seven poems that appeared in the original edition of "Death of a naturalist" are not included in this volume
Homage to Robert Frost by Iosif Aleksandrovič Brodskij( Book )

21 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 1,061 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three modern poets look at Frost's work and legacy
The rattle bag by Seamus Heaney( Book )

40 editions published between 1957 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,002 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of more than 400 hundred poems from all around the world
Sweeney astray : a version from the Irish by Seamus Heaney( Book )

14 editions published between 1983 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 963 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seamus Heaney's version of the medieval Irish work Buile Suibne. Mad Sweeney undergoes a series of purgatorial adventures after he is cursed by a saint and turned into a bird at the Battle of Moira
New selected poems, 1966-1987 by Seamus Heaney( Book )

48 editions published between 1981 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 947 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of poems previously published by Irish poet Seamus Heaney
Door into the dark by Seamus Heaney( Book )

81 editions published between 1969 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 929 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Door into the Dark, Heaney's second collection of poems, first appeared in 1969. Already his widely celebrated gifts of precision, thoughtfulness, and musicality were everywhere apparent. 1972
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Beowulf : a new verse translation
The spirit levelStation IslandElectric lightThe redress of poetryDistrict and circleSeeing thingsHuman chainNorth
Alternative Names
Chēny, Seimous 1939-2013

Chini, Šejmas 1939-2013

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Heaney Seamus Justin

Heaney, Seamus Justin 1939-2013

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Hini, S̆ejmas 1939-2013

Hīnijs, Šeimuss, 1939-2013

Hinis Šeimas

Khini, Sheĭmas 1939-2013

Khini, Shiemas 1939-2013

Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney dichter en toneelschrijver uit Ierland (1939-2013)

Seamus Heaney escritor y profesor irlandés

Seamus Heaney file, drámadóir, aistritheoir, léachtóir Éireannach

Seamus Heaney iresche Schrëftsteller

Seamus Heaney irischer Schriftsteller und Literatur-Nobelpreisträger

Seamus Heaney Irish poet, playwright, translator, lecturer

Seamus Heaney Irlandes a mannaniw ken mannurat

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Seamus Heaney toneelschrijver uit Ierland (1939-2013)

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Šejmus Hini

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Хини Ш

Хини Ш. 1939-

Хини Ш. Дж

Хини Ш. Дж. 1939-

Хини, Шеймас

Хини, Шеймас 1939-

Хини, Шеймас, 1939-2013

Шеймас Гіні

Шеймас Хини

Шеймас Хини ирландский поэт

Шеймас Һини

Шеймъс Хийни

Шеймъс Хийни ирландски поет, драматург и преводач

Шејмус Хини

Шэймас Гіні

Шэймас Хіні

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היני, שיימוס

היני, שיימוס, 1939-2013

שיימוס היני

שיימוס היני סופר אירי

سیماس ہینی

سیمس ہنی

سیموس ھینی

سەاموس حەانەی

شيموس هينى

شيموس هيني

شیموس هینی

सेमस हेनी

শেমাস্‌ হীনি

সিমাস হীনি আইরিশ কবি, নাট্যকার ও অনুবাদক

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ഷീമസ് ഹീനി

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셰무스 히니 1939-2013

셰이머스 히니

히니, 세이머스 1939-2013

히니, 셰이머스 1939-2013

히니, 셰이머스 저스틴 1939-2013


シェイマス・ヒーニー 北アイルランドの詩人、著作家

ヒーニー, シェイマス

ヒーニー, シェーマス


希尼, 西默斯