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- Publisher: Faber & Faber Poetry
- Format: Paperback | 80 pages
- Dimensions: 124mm x 191mm x 8mm | 113g
- Publication date: 8 October 2001
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 057110813X
- ISBN 13: 9780571108138
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Sales rank: 27,161
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.
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Seamus Heaney was born in County Derry in Northern Ireland. Death of a Naturalist, his first collection of poems, appeared in 1966, and was followed by poetry, criticism and translations which established him as the leading poet of his generation. In 1995 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, and twice won the Whitbread Book of the Year, for The Spirit Level (1996) and Beowulf (1999). Stepping Stones, a book of interviews conducted by Dennis O'Driscoll, appeared in 2008; Human Chain, his last volume of poems, was awarded the 2010 Forward Prize for Best Collection. He died in 2013.
"[Heaney's] awareness of a wider social world . . . reaches its culmination in "North" (1975), a deservedly famous volume that [Helen] Vendler regards as 'one of the crucial poetic interventions of the 20th century, ' ranking with Eliot's "Prufrock", Wallace Stevens' "Harmonium", and Frost's "North of Boston" in 'its key role in the history of modern poetry.'" --Michiko Kakutani, " The New York Times"