Opened Ground Selected Poems, 1966-1996

ISBN-10: 0374526788

ISBN-13: 9780374526788

Edition: 1998

Authors: Seamus Heaney

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As selected by the author, Opened Ground includes the essential work from Heaney's twelve previous books of poetry, as well as new sequences drawn from two of his landmark translations, The Cure at Troy and Sweeney Astray, and several previously uncollected poems. Heaney's voice is like no other--"by turns mythological and journalistic, rural and sophisticated, reminiscent and impatient, stern and yielding, curt and expansive" (Helen Vendler, The New Yorker)--and this is a one-volume testament to the musicality and precision of that voice. The book closes with Heaney's Nobel Lecture: "Crediting Poetry."
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List price: $19.00
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 10/25/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 7.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

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."

Author's Note fromDeath of a Naturalist(1966)
Digging Death of a Naturalist
The Barn Blackberry-Picking Churning Day Follower Mid-Term Break
The Diviner Poem Personal Helicon Antaeus(1966) from
Door into the Dark(1969)
The Outlaw
The Forge Thatcher
The Peninsula Requiem for the Croppies Undine
The Wife's Tale Night Drive Relic of Memory
A Lough Neagh Sequence
The Given Note Whinlands
The Plantation Bann Clay Bogland
fromWintering Out(1972)
Fodder Bog Oak Anahorish Servant Boy Land Gifts of Rain Toome Broagh Oracle
The Backward Look A New Song
The Other Side Tinder(fromA Northern Hoard)
The Tollund Man
fs26Nerthus Wedding Day
Mother of the Groom Summer Home Serenades Shore Woman Limbo Bye-Child Good-night Fireside Westering
Nesting-Gound July England's Difficulty Visitant Trial Runs
The Wanderer Cloistered
The Stations of the West Incertus fromNorth(1975)
Mossbawn: Two Poems in Dedication
The Seed Cutters Funeral Rites North Viking Dublin: Trial Pieces Bone Dreams Bog Queen
The Grauballe Man Punishment Strange Fruit Kinship Act of Union Hercules and Antaeus fromWhatever You Say Say Nothing Singing School
The Ministry of Fear
A Constable Calls
Orange Drums, Tyrone, 1966
Summer 1969
Exposure fromField Work(1979)
Oysters Triptych After a Killing Sibyl At the Water's Edge 0
The Toome Road A Drink of Water
The Strand at Lough Beg Casualty Badgers
The Singer's House The Guttural Muse Glanmore Sonnets An Afterwards The Otter
The Skunk A Dream of Jealousy Field Work Song Leavings
The Harvest Bow In Memoriam Francis Ledwidge Ugolino
fromSweeney Astray(1983)
Sweeney in Flight
The Names of the Hare(1981) fromStation Island(1984)
The Underground Sloe Gin Chekhov on Sakhalin Sandstone Keepsake from
Shelf Life Granite Chip Old Smoothing Iron Stone from Delphi Making Strange
The Birthplace Changes A Bat on the Road A Hazel Stick for Catherine Ann A Kite for Michael and Christopher
The Railway Children Widgeon Sheelagh na Gig 'Aye'(fromThe Loaning)
The King of the Ditchbacks Station Island fromSweeney Redivivus
The First Gloss Sweeney Redivivus In the Beech
The First Kingdom
The First Flight Drifting Off The Cleric
The Hermit The Master The Scribes Holly An Artist
The Old Icons In Illo Tempore On the Road
Villanelle for an Anniversary(1986) fromThe Haw Lantern(1987)
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