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Heaney, Seamus 1939-2013

Works: 1,567 works in 3,784 publications in 15 languages and 89,771 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Drama  History  Epic poetry  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Translator, Author of introduction, Editor, Performer, Narrator, Dedicatee, Other, Interviewee, Signer, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Honoree, Lyricist, Bibliographic antecedent
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 )

70 editions published between 1976 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 5,170 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 )

44 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and held by 2,251 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 )

42 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 2,100 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
The redress of poetry by Seamus Heaney( Book )

49 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,902 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'
Electric light by Seamus Heaney( Book )

49 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 1,768 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
Station Island by Seamus Heaney( Book )

47 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,753 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
Field work : [poems] by Seamus Heaney( Book )

57 editions published between 1976 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,697 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 warning system to get back inside my own head," Heaney wrote poems with a new strength and maturity, moving from the political concerns of his landmark volume North to a more personal, contemplative approach to the world and to his own writing. In Field Work he "brings a meditative music to bear upon fundamental themes of person and place, the mutuality of ourselves and the world" (Denis Donoghue, The New York Times Book Review)
District and circle by Seamus Heaney( Book )

30 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and Danish and held by 1,509 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 )

47 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 1,479 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collection of poems whose themes deal with memories, textures, and sensations of the world
Selected poems, 1966-1987 by Seamus Heaney( Book )

23 editions published between 1977 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,465 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 )

21 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 1,449 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
Sweeney astray : a version from the Irish by Seamus Heaney( Book )

59 editions published between 1983 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,430 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 )

47 editions published between 1980 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 1,345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 student and teacher in Belfast. Subsequent essays include critical work on Gerard Manley Hopkins, William Wordsworth, John Keats, Robert Lowell, William Butler Yeats, John Montague, Patrick Kavanagh, Ted Hughes, Geoffrey Hill, and Philip Larkin
North by Seamus Heaney( Book )

88 editions published between 1975 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,306 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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, and cumulative power. In North, the Irish experience is refracted through images drawn from different parts of the Northern European experience, and the idea of the north allows the poet to contemplate the violence on his home ground in relation to memories of the Scandinavian and English invasions which have marked Irish history so indelibly
The haw lantern by Seamus Heaney( Book )

54 editions published between 1987 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 1,231 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
The burial at Thebes : a version of Sophocles' Antigone by Seamus Heaney( Book )

20 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 1,207 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
Death of a naturalist by Seamus Heaney( Book )

95 editions published between 1966 and 2014 in English and German and held by 1,188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Death of a Naturalist (1966) marked the auspicious debut of a universally acclaimed master of modern literature. As a first book of poems, it is remarkable for its accurate perceptions and rich linguistic gifts
Homage to Robert Frost by Joseph Brodsky( Book )

16 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 1,110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three modern poets look at Frost's work and legacy
Finders keepers : selected prose, 1971-2001 by Seamus Heaney( Book )

18 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 1,106 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."
Poems, 1965-1975 by Seamus Heaney( Book )

18 editions published between 1980 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 (1975)
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Beowulf : a new verse translation
Alternative Names
Chēny, Seimous 1939-2013

Chini, Šejmas 1939-2013

Heaney S. J. 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-Nobelpreistrger

Seamus Heaney Irlandes a mannaniw ken mannurat

Seamus Heaney poeta irlands

Seamus Heaney poeta irlandzki

Samus Heaney poeta nordirlandese

Seamus Heaney pote irlandais

Šeimuss Hīnijs

Šejmus Hini

Şeymas Hini

Σέιμους Χίνι

Хини Ш. 1939-

Хини, Шеймас

Хини, Шеймас 1939-

Шеймас Гіні

Шеймъс Хийни

Шејмус Хини

Шэймас Гіні

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שיימוס היני

سیماس ہینی

سیمس ہنی

سەاموس حەانەی

شيموس هيني

شیموس هینی

सेमस हेनी

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