Electric Light Poems

ISBN-10: 0374528411
ISBN-13: 9780374528416
Edition: N/A
Authors: Seamus Heaney
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Book details

List price: $13.00
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 4/3/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 112
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

The powerful collection by the bestselling translator of Beowulf In the finland of perch, the fenland of alder, on air That is water, on carpets of Bann stream, on hold In the everything flows and steady go of the world. --from "Perch" Seamus Heaney's collection travels widely in time and space, visiting the sites of the classical world and revisiting the poet's childhood: rural electrification and the light of ancient evenings are reconciled within the orbit of a single lifetime. This is a book about origins (not least, the origins of words) and oracles: the places where things start from, the ground of understanding -- whether in Arcadia or Anahorish, the sanctuary at Epidaurus or the Bann valley in County Derry. Electric Light ranges from short takes to conversation poems. The pre-Socratic wisdom that everything flows is held in tension with the elegizing of friends and fellow poets. These gifts of recollection renew the poet's calling to assign things their proper names; once again Heaney can be heard exting his word hoard and roll call in this, his eleventh collection.

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."

At Toomebridge
Perch
Lupins
Out of the Bag
Bann Valley Eclogue
Montana
The Loose Box
Turpin Song
The Border Campaign
Known World
The Little Canticles of Asturias
Ballynahinch Lake
The Clothes Shrine
Red, White and Blue
Virgil: Eclogue IX
Glanmore Eclogue
Into Arcadia
Conkers
Pylos
The Augean Stables
Castalian Spring
Desfina
The Gaeltacht
The Real Names
The Bookcase
Vitruviana
Ten Glosses
The Fragment
On His Work in the English Tongue
Audenesque
To the Shade of Zbigniew Herbert
"Would They Had Stay'd"
Late in the Day
Arion
Bodies and Souls
Clonmany to Ahascragh
Sruth
Seeing the Sick
Electric Light

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