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    DescriptionThis volume is a much-needed new selection of Seamus Heaney's work, taking account of recent volumes and of the author's work as a translator, and offering a more generous choice from previous volumes. Opened Ground: Poems 1966-1996 comes as close to being a 'Collected Poems' as its author cares to make it. It replaces his New Selected Poems 1966-1987, giving a fuller selection from each of the volumes represented there and adding large parts of those that have appeared since, together with examples of his work as a translator from the Greek, Latin, Italian and other languages. The book concludes with 'Crediting Poetry', the speech with which Seamus Heaney accepted the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature, awarded to him, in the words of the Swedish Academy of Letters, for his 'works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth'.


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    Title
    Opened Ground
    Subtitle
    Poems, 1966-96
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Seamus Heaney
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 496
    Width: 126 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 540 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780571194933
    ISBN 10: 0571194931
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.1
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DCF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    DC21: 821.914
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15700
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    B&T General Subject: 595
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 18
    BISAC V2.8: PER004050
    B&T Approval Code: C07500000
    Libri: B-542
    Thema V1.0: DCF
    Publisher
    FABER & FABER
    Imprint name
    Faber & Faber Poetry
    Publication date
    02 January 2002
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Seamus Heaney was born in County Derry in Northern Ireland. Death of a Naturalist, his first collection of poems, appeared in 1966 and since then he has published poetry, criticism and translations - including Beowulf (1999) - which have established him as one of the leading poets now at work. In 1995 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. District and Circle was awarded the T. S. Eliot Prize in 2006. Stepping Stones, a book of interviews conducted by Dennis O'Driscoll, appeared in 2008. In 2009 he received the David Cohen Prize for Literature. Human Chain was awarded the 2010 Forward Prize for Best Collection.
    Review text
    As an image of deep feeling between husband and wife submerged beneath the hardworking routines of rustic domesticity, who could improve upon 'love/ like a tinsmith's scoop/ sunk past its gleam/ in the meal-bin'? Who would not thrill to the glimpse of two men with a woodsaw cutting 'Into a felled beech backwards and forwards/ So that they seemed to row the steady earth' from a poem 12 years later? Nobel Prize-winner Heaney's wonderful, not-quite-complete collection, Opened Ground, infiltrates such pleasures into a weave of responsible, self-questioning poetry that captures the physicality of things, as well as the restless conscience of a poet concerned to give due weight to his ancestry and to the violent sectarianism of his Irish background. Each volume sampled here introduces bright and surprising new threads into the oeuvre. There are even a few touches (in The Haw Lantern) of postmodern playfulness. And Seeing Things has an elegiac sequence (for both parents) to die for. One of the richest books of poetry in our language. (Kirkus UK)