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Wintering Out

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'Seamus Heaney has gone beyond the themes of his earlier poetry and has made the giant step towards the most ambitious, most intractable themes of maturity. The power of this book comes from a sense that he is reaching out towards a type of desolation and of isolation without which no imagination can be seen to have grown up.' Eavan Boland, Irish Times'Keyed and pitched un ...more
Published January 1st 1972 by Faber & Faber
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Apr 22, 2016 Adam rated it it was amazing
Highlights: Land; Gifts of Rain; Broagh; The Backward Look; The Other Side; The Wool Trade; Midnight; The Tollund Man; Summer Home; Good-Night
Danny Daley
Jul 02, 2016 Danny Daley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heaney's third collection, in line with the first two, absolutely full of beautifully crafted poems. Great pictures of the Irish rural life, full of rural vocabulary, these poems make the very ground come alive. "Land" and "Gifts of Rain" rank among my all time favorite poems.
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Jan 18, 2014 Roger DeBlanck rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
A number of poems in this volume offer a reverent and altogether euphoric and hypnotic interaction with the natural landscape of Ireland. Other pieces are mournful, showing homage, while also expressing shame and fury at the atrocities of the past. Many poems are addressed to individuals. These verses capture each person’s connection to the land or to his/her trade and labor. With this volume, Heaney establishes himself as the bard of Ireland. He has a gifted eye for observing the landscape and ...more
Nov 30, 2010 Matt rated it did not like it
Shelves: poetry, irish
Having heard much ado about Seamus Heaney I thought I would try some of his stuff. Unfortunately, I had trouble seeing any value in it whatsoever. He relies too heavily on a structure that lends nothing to his poems. He doesn't write with any of the melody or lyricism of the great poets, and he doesn't have the awe-inspiring passionate writing of say a Ginsberg. "Wintering Out" falls flat with me, and pretty much bored me to tears.
Nick Spencer
Sep 08, 2016 Nick Spencer rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
Not as good as north, station island, etc
More elliptical
Feb 01, 2009 Kent rated it really liked it
With all the images transformed into landscape, I would say this is Heaney's prelude to North. But that's only becausee North is a superior book and deserves a prelude.
Aug 05, 2007 David rated it liked it
I have no idea why the author for this collection of poems is listed as "anonymous" by Goodreads. It's Séamus Heaney. The poems are a mixed bunch, but overall worth recommending.
Sep 02, 2012 Stan rated it liked it
A good book, but not as gripping as his first two books. I still love the spondees and enjambments that make his lines so full.
Feb 24, 2010 Natalie rated it really liked it
Another wonderful, slim (don't let that fool you) volume by my current favorite poet.
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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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