The Rattle Bag: An Anthology of Poetry

The Rattle Bag: An Anthology of Poetry


Edited by Ted Hughes, Edited by Seamus Heaney

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  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Poetry
  • Format: Paperback | 496 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 214mm x 36mm | 600g
  • Publication date: 17 March 2005
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0571225837
  • ISBN 13: 9780571225835
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 21,877

Product description

Edited by Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes, and conceived of as a collection of their own favourite poems, The Rattle Bag has established itself as the classic anthology of our time. Heaney and Hughes have brought together an inspired and diverse selection, ranging from undisputed masterpieces to rare discoveries, as well as drawing upon works in translation and traditional poems from oral cultures. In effect, this anthology has transformed the way we define and appreciate poetry, and it will continue to do so for years to come. Including writers from Shakespeare and Blake to Sylvia Plath and T. S. Eliot, The Rattle Bag is eclectic, instructive and inspiring at the same time.

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Author information

Seamus Heaney was born in County Derry in Northern Ireland. In 1995 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Ted Hughes (1930-1998) was born in Yorkshire. He was Poet Laureate from 1984, and in 1998 he was appointed to the Order of Merit.

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"'A must for anyone who likes poetry.' Melvyn Bragg, Sunday Times"