Seamus Heaneys 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.
" The latest from the Irish Nobel laureate may be his best in more than a decade." - PW.
"Many place him firmly among the best of the 20th century and why his work continues to be worth rereading long after it has; in his words, "set the darkness echoing" behind it" - Washington Post.
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Seamus Heaney has received many major prizes and honors for his works, including the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995. A native of Northern Ireland, Heaney has been a resident of Dublin since 1976. He taught at Harvard University from 1985 to 2006 as a Visiting Professor, and then as a Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory and Ralph Waldo Emerson Poet in Residence.
Heaney's works tend to focus on life and culture in modern Northern Ireland. His most recent collected edition of poetry is Opened Ground. Heaney has also done many translations of poetry and prose, including a new translation of Beowulf.
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