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Preoccupations: Selected Prose, 1968-1978

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  93 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney's first collection of prose, Preoccupations, begins with a vivid account of his early years on his father's farm in Northern Ireland and his coming of age as a student and teacher in Belfast. Subsequent essays include critical work on Gerard Manley Hopkins, William Wordsworth, John Keats, Robert Lowell, William Butler Yeats, John Montague, Patr ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 1st 1981 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published January 1st 1980)
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Brian Robbins
Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book of Heaney's prose was a marvellous second-hand bookshop find. Heaney's prose is every bit as good as his poetry.

There was great variety in the pieces, ranging from the autobiographical/personal essays of the first section, through his more detailed lectures on particular poets or aspects of poetry, through to a final section of reviews written for various publications.

Of the personal pieces, his Mossbawn about his childhood had all the appeal of Dylan Thomas' writings about his childh
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Glen
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a collection of essays about poets and poetry by one of the greatest poets of the 20th century. Some of the essays deal with icons of language arts (Yeats, Wordsworth, Hopkins), some are focused on figures held in esteem in literary circles but less popularly known (Mandelstam, Hewitt), and others are more topical, such as the excellent essay "The God in the Tree: Early Irish Nature Poetry." In every instance the reader gets to enjoy the musings of a Nobel Prize winner on the nuances and ...more
Francisca
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dissertation-ing
Apparently I'm not the only nerd interested in Yeats and musicality. Oh Heaney, you're my intellectual soul-mate
Christian
Oct 28, 2007 rated it really liked it
Not gonna lie. I had to write 30 pages on Heaney last year and read this in the process. I really fell in love with his poetry after reading his prose. This book is incredible insightful if you are interested in Heaney's poetry, but well worth reading on its own.
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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."

Heaney on Wikipedia.