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Poems, 1965-1975

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This volume gathers nearly all of the poems from Heaney's first four collections: Death of a Naturalist (1966), Door into the Dark (1969), Wintering Out (1972), and North (1975).
Paperback, 228 pages
Published October 1st 1981 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 1980)
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J. Aleksandr Wootton
I have been a long time at this one.

This is in part because, right up until the end, I made a purely arbitrary 'policy' of only reading this collection whilst aboard an airplane (a condition I don't often find myself in), but more because Heaney's work is beyond me about as often as it is not.

I should point out that I am not one of those people who extols a writer because one is supposed to. Critics are taken in at least as easily as the masses - indeed I think 'common sense' hits closer to the
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David Campton
Returned to this recently after about 20 years. It is a distillation by Heaney himself from his earlier anthologies. At their best some of these poems both inspire me to write more and better poetry, and also convince me that my efforts are not worthy of being called poetry. I prefer the more biographical ones, towards the beginning and end of the anthology, steeped in a rural life that has echoes of my father's upbringing, with overtones of the troubles and the tensions that underpinned them pe ...more
Jessica Bang
I really like the poems from the first two collections ("Death of a Naturalist" and " Door into the Dark"), but the later poems were much harder to appreciate because of my lack of knowledge in the themes depicted.
Jacob
"Now, to pry into roots, to finger slime,
To stare, big-eyed Narcissus, into some spring
Is beneath all adult dignity. I rhyme
To see myself, to set the darkness echoing." (from Personal Helicon, p. 40)

I know but a pitiful amount of Irish history/cultural/geography which made some of the allusions and ideas in this book difficult if not impossible to grasp. That said, these poems are still quite beautiful and moving despite the fact that I know nothing about traditional fishing, farming, bogs, or v
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Christin
I loves me some Heaney, even though he doesn't give a fig about feminist issues, he mostly objectifies women in the most beguiling way (seriously, I'm charmed, most of the time). His descriptions of the landscape are so poignant and compelling, I don't even mind; okay, I mind a lot in "Punishment" in particular, but other than that, he gets a pass because his verse is keen, lyrical, and moving.
Jeremy
Loved the first selection of poems in this collection from Heaney's first book, Death of a Naturalist.
Alot of the later poems were harder, partly because they contain numerous Irish allusions,
words, and images I have no familiarity with.
But there are some gems here.
Erin
Mar 22, 2008 Erin rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Bought this one for several verses that I utterly adore. The poems for which I purchased this book remain dear to me, but they are episodic gems. On the whole? It is a good book. I'm not sure it is great.
Laura
His poems on the rural Irish landscape give me chills. He is a great poet to read if you're trying to get down to sensory detail and rid your poems of abstraction.
Nulty
a solid poet...the work has a toothiness to it, the taste of the words lingers in my mouth
Shawn  Perry
Jun 05, 2008 Shawn Perry rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Shawn by: Nikki
My favourite poet.
Casey
The master.
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Seamus Justin Heaney was an Irish poet, writer and lecturer from County Derry, Ireland. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995, "for works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past."

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