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Heaney, Seamus 1939-2013

Works: 2,033 works in 4,522 publications in 13 languages and 95,577 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Epic poetry  Interviews  Speeches 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Author of introduction, Narrator, Other, Performer, Dedicatee, Signer, Interviewee, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Compiler, Bibliographic antecedent, Lyricist, Artist, Honoree
Classifications: PR6058.E2, 821.914
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Most widely held works by Seamus Heaney
Beowulf : a new verse translation by Seamus Heaney( Book )

80 editions published between 1976 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 5,215 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
Opened ground : selected poems, 1966-1996 by Seamus Heaney( Book )

49 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,272 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
The spirit level by Seamus Heaney( Book )

43 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 2,049 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 )

55 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,745 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains the title poem, a section of meditative lyrics, and a third group of poems concerned with a king of Ulster, the legendary Sweeney
Electric light by Seamus Heaney( Book )

49 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,737 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
Field work : [poems] by Seamus Heaney( Book )

60 editions published between 1976 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,692 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Seamus Heaney was 'the greatest poet of our age' (Guardian). From his remarkable debut in 1966, he pioneered the poetry of our times across five decades of cultural and political change, and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995. Field Work, his fifth volume, from 1979, is a collection of poems that were among the finest he would ever write. Inspired by the four years that Heaney and his family spent in rural County Wicklow after leaving the violence of Belfast, Field Work is one of the poet's most celebrated volumes. The collection contains some of his best-loved poems, 'Oysters', 'Casualty', 'The Otter', 'The Strand at Lough Beg', and 'The Skunk', as well as his defining sequence 'Glanmore Sonnets'." --Publisher's description
The redress of poetry by Seamus Heaney( Book )

37 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and Dutch and held by 1,679 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'. Several twentieth-century poets are also discussed - W.B. Yeats, Dylan Thomas, Elizabeth Bishop and others - and the whole book constitutes a vivid proof of the claim that 'poetry is strong enough to help'
District and circle by Seamus Heaney( Book )

36 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,504 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
Selected poems, 1966-1987 by Seamus Heaney( Book )

25 editions published between 1977 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,452 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A selection of poems by Irish poet Seamus Heaney, drawn from throughout the first twenty-one years of his career, from 1966 to 1987
Human chain by Seamus Heaney( Book )

24 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 1,424 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
Seeing things by Seamus Heaney( Book )

41 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,415 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collection of poems whose themes deal with memories, textures, and sensations of the world
Sweeney astray : a version from the Irish by Seamus Heaney( Book )

59 editions published between 1983 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,389 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
Preoccupations : selected prose, 1968-1978 by Seamus Heaney( Book )

48 editions published between 1980 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,342 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

1. Blues of text, with author's autograph notes, dated 10/9/80. -2. Repros of text. - 3. Set of loose gatherings. - 4. Trial binding, with loose set of gatherings marked "Hand folded samples from Bloomsburg Craftsmen." The binding is marked "M.P. & Black B. G22, 10-13-80"--5. Bromides from Bloomsburg Craftsmen, Inc. - 6. Transmittal form from Haddon Craftsmen for four revised blues. - 7. Copy (xerox and typescript) for dustjacket and bibliography, with designer's notations. - 8. Repros and galley proofs for preliminary material, dustjacket, and bibliography. - 9. Trial dustjackets
Finders keepers : selected prose, 1971-2001 by Seamus Heaney( Book )

24 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 1,342 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."
North by Seamus Heaney( Book )

91 editions published between 1975 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beowulf by Francis Barton Gummere( Recording )

28 editions published between 1999 and 2010 in English and held by 1,204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a new translation of the Anglo-Saxon epic chronicling the heroic adventures of Beowulf, the Scandinavian warrior who saves his people from the ravages of the monster Grendel and Grendel's mother
Death of a naturalist by Seamus Heaney( Book )

94 editions published between 1966 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

POETRY BY INDIVIDUAL POETS. Between my finger and my thumb The squat pen rests; snug as a gun. - from 'Digging'. With its lyrical and descriptive powers, Death of a Naturalist marked the auspicious debut of one of the century's finest poets
The haw lantern by Seamus Heaney( Book )

40 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 his trust in the possibilities of the language
Homage to Robert Frost by Joseph Brodsky( Book )

18 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 1,105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three modern poets look at Frost's work and legacy
Crediting poetry : the Nobel lecture by Seamus Heaney( Book )

19 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and German and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seamus Heaney's Nobel Lecture is a powerful defense of poetry as "the ship and the anchor" of our spirit within an ocean of violent, divisive politics and "world-sorrow." Beginning with the "creaturely existence" of his childhood in a thatched farmstead in rural County Derr, Heaney traces his path in "the wideness of language." It is a way forged by listening: to the "burbles and squeaks" of BBC and Radio Eireann from a wireless speaker, to the triple-rhyme in a line of Yeats', but also to the sound of gunfire in Ulster and the keening desolation of all the "wounded spots on the face of the earth." Out of all these sounds Heaney discovers the necessity of poetic order--"an order where we can at last grow up to that which we stored up as we grew."It is poetry's ability to convey the forces of the marvelous and the murderous together, Heaney writes, that gives it "at once a buoyancy and a holding," and persuades us of its "truth to life." Heaney's lecture not only finds a way of crediting poetry "without anxiety or apology," but it persuades us, eloquently and gracefully, of the "rightness" and "thereness" of our veritable human being
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Beowulf : a new verse translation
Alternative Names
Chēny, Seimous 1939-2013

Chini, Šejmas 1939-2013

Heaney S.

Heaney S. 1939-

Heaney, Seamus

Heaney, Seamus 1939-

Heaney, Seamus 1939-2013

Heaney, Seamus Justin.

Heaney, Seamus Justin 1939-2013

Heaney, Seasmus 1939-2013

Hini, S̆ejmas 1939-2013

Khini, Sheĭmas 1939-2013

Khini, Shiemas 1939-2013

Seamus Heaney irischer Schriftsteller und Literatur-Nobelpreisträger

Seamus Heaney Irish poet, playwright, translator, lecturer

Seamus Heaney Irlandes a mannaniw ken mannurat

Seamus Heaney poeta irlandês

Seamus Heaney poeta irlandzki

Séamus Heaney poeta nordirlandese

Seamus Heaney poète irlandais

Seamus Heaney toneelschrijver uit Ierland (1939-2013)

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Šejmus Hini

Şeymas Hini

Σέιμους Χίνι

Хини Ш

Хини Ш. 1939-

Хини Ш. Дж

Хини Ш. Дж. 1939-

Хини, Шеймас

Хини, Шеймас 1939-

Шеймас Гіні

Шеймас Хини

Шеймас Хини ирландский поэт

Шеймъс Хийни

Шејмус Хини

Шэймас Гіні

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היני, שיימוס, 1939-2013

שיימוס היני

שיימוס היני סופר אירי

سیماس ہینی

سیمس ہنی

سەاموس حەانەی

شيموس هيني

شیموس هینی

सेमस हेनी

শেমাস্‌ হীনি

ਸੇਮਸ ਜਸਟਿਨ ਹੇਨੀ

సీమస్ హీనీ

ഷീമസ് ഹീനി

셰이머스 히니

히니, 셰이머스 1939-

히니, 셰이머스 저스틴 1939-


ヒーニー, シェイマス

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希尼, 西默斯


Opened ground : selected poems, 1966-1996The spirit levelStation IslandElectric lightField work : [poems]The redress of poetryDistrict and circleSelected poems, 1966-1987