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    Seamus Heaney(Author)

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A vision of the people, history and landscape of Ireland in poetry. Through images drawn from different parts of the Northern European experience, Heaney sets the violence of Ireland against folk memories of the Scandinavian and English invasions.

"[Heaney's] awareness of a wider social world . . . reaches its culmination in "North" (1975), a deservedly famous volume that [Helen] Vendler regards as 'one of the crucial poetic interventions of the 20th century, ' ranking with Eliot's "Prufrock," Wallace Stevens' "Harmonium," and Frost's "North of Boston" in 'its key role in the history of modern poetry.'" --Michiko Kakutani, " The New York Times" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Seamus Heaney(Author)
  • Mondadori (Aug. 1996)
  • Italian
  • 2
  • Poetry, Drama & Criticism

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  • By Neasa MacErlean on 29 January 2017

    The 3rd of the poet laureate's volumes, North takes him from the simpler country poems of the first two to the darker world where he confronts the violence of Northern Ireland and ends up in exile just outside Dublin. The poet, who lived on the next door farm to my family's in Bellaghy, becomes far more ambitious in scope in North. The marvellously troubling 'bog poems' see him going underground to draw parallels between people who met violent ends centuries back and those who were being killed in the six counties. Heaney, a Catholic by birth, was brave to challenge the strategy of violence being followed in the early 1970s (when this volume was written). His celebration of Gunnar, the Icelandic hero, who "lay beautiful inside his burial mound...and unavenged" (in 'Funeral Rites') was a brave response to the assassins on the Catholic side. So it is no real surprise to find him in exile, and referring to Ovid's banishment, in the last poem of this book. With many poems I felt that Heaney was swimming into new, difficult waters and somehow managing to bring his eager readers with him into areas of growing emotional and linguistic complexity.

  • By Guest on 31 December 2013

    Demonstrates how effectively a poet can explain contemporary issues through historical lessons and by not succumbing to a simplistic political propagandising approach

  • By Sophia on 10 May 2013

    This is a beautiful collection of poems, spare, elegant and powerful - I particularly like 'Ocean's Love to Ireland' with its violent imagery.

  • By Katie Dripping on 22 March 2015

    The book is required reading for an English course. It was in excellent condition and I'm looking forward to studying it.

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