District and Circle Poems

ISBN-10: 0374530815

ISBN-13: 9780374530815

Edition: N/A

Authors: Seamus Heaney

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"District and Circle "inhabits the eerie new conditions of a menaced twenty-first century. In their haunted, almost visionary clarity, the poems assay the weight and worth of what has been held in the hand and in the memory. Scenes from a childhood spent far from the horrors of World War II are colored by a strongly contemporary sense that "Anything can happen," and other images from the dangerous present--a fireman's helmet, a journey on the Underground, a melting glacier--are fraught with this same anxiety. But the volume, which includes some "found prose" poems and translations, offers resistance as the poet gathers his staying powers and stands his ground in the hiding places of love and excited language. With more relish and conviction than ever, Heaney maintains his trust in the obduracy of workaday realities and the mystery of everyday renewals.
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Book details

List price: $14.00
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 4/3/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 96
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.286
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."

The turnip-snedder
A shiver
Polish sleepers
Anahorish 1944
To Mick Joyce in heaven
The aerodrome
Anything can happen
Helmet
Out of shot
Rilke : after the fire
District and circle
To George Seferis in the underworld
Wordsworth's skates
The harrow-pin
Poet to blacksmith
Midnight anvil
Sugan
The Sally rod
A chow
One Christmas Day in the morning
The nod
A clip
Edward Thomas on the Lagans Road
The Lagans Road
Tall dames
Boarders
The lift
Nonce words
Stern
"Like everybody else ..."
Brancardier
Saw music
In Iowa
Hofn
On the spot
The Tollund man in springtime
Moyulla
Planting the alder
Tate's avenue
A hagging match
Fiddleheads
To Pablo Neruda in Tamlaghtduff
Helping Sarah
Chairing Mary
Rilke : the apple orchard
Quitting time
A scuttle for Dorothy Wordsworth
A stove lid for W. H. Auden
The birch grove
Cavafy : "the rest I'll speak of to the ones below in Hades"
In a loaning
The blackbird of Glanmore
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