Spirit Level Poems

ISBN-10: 0374525110
ISBN-13: 9780374525118
Edition: N/A
Authors: Seamus Heaney
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Description: The Spirit Level was the first book of poems Heaney published after winning the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995. Reviewing this book in The New York Times Book Review, Richard Tillinghast noted that Heaney "has been and is here for good . . . [His  More...

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Book details

List price: $13.00
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 4/10/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 96
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.242
Language: English

The Spirit Level was the first book of poems Heaney published after winning the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995. Reviewing this book in The New York Times Book Review, Richard Tillinghast noted that Heaney "has been and is here for good . . . [His poems] will last. Anyone who reads poetry has reason to rejoice at living in the age when Seamus Heaney is writing."

Seamus Heaney was born in Mossbawn, Ireland on April 13, 1939. He received a degree in English from Queen's College in Belfast in 1961. After earning his teacher's certificate in English from St. Joseph's College in Belfast the following year, he took a position at the school as an English teacher. During his time as a teacher at St. Joseph's, he wrote and published work in the university magazine under the pen name Incertus. In 1966, he became an English literature lecturer at Queen's College in Belfast. His first volume of poems, Death of a Naturalist, went on to receive the E.C. Gregory Award, the Cholmondeley Award, the Somerset Maugham Award, and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. After the death of his parents, Heaney published the poetry volumes The Haw Lantern, which includes a sonnet sequence memorializing his mother, and Seeing Things, a collection containing numerous poems for his father. His other works included Field Work, Opened Ground: Poems 1966-1996, and Human Chain. Heaney was a professor at Harvard from 1981 to 1997 and its Poet in Residence from 1988 to 2006. From 1989 to 1994 he was also the Professor of Poetry at Oxford and in 1996 was made a Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres. Other awards that he received include the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize (1968), the E. M. Forster Award (1975), the PEN Translation Prize (1985), the Golden Wreath of Poetry (2001), T. S. Eliot Prize (2006) and two Whitbread Prizes (1996 and 1999). In 2012, he was awarded the Lifetime Recognition Award from the Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry. His literary papers are held by the National Library of Ireland. He died following a short illness on August 30, 2013 at the age of 74. Heaney's last words were in a text to his wife Marie, "Noli timere", which means "Do not be afraid."

The Rain Stick
To a Dutch Potter in Ireland
A Brigid's Girdle
Mint
A Sofa in the Forties
Keeping Going
Two Lorries
Damson
Weighing In
St Kevin and the Blackbird
The Flight Path
An Invocation
Mycenae Lookout
1. The Watchman's War
2. Cassandra
3. His Dawn vision
4. The Nights
5. His Reverie of Water
The First Words
The Gravel Walks
Whitby-sur-Moyola
The Thimble
The Butter-Print
Remembered Columns
'Poet's Chair'
The Swing
The Poplar
Two Stick Drawings
A Call
The Errand
A Dog Was Crying Tonight in Wicklow Also
M.
An Architect
The Sharping Stone
The Strand
The Walk
At the Wellhead
At Banagher
Tollund
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