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When I read a Seamus Heaney poem I run, sprint, to my desk and write. When all the others were away at MassI was all hers as we peeled potatoes.They broke the silence, let fall one by oneLike solder weeping off the soldering iron Cold comforts set between us, things to shareGleaming in a bucket of clean water.And again let fall Little pleasant splashesFrom each other s work would bring us to our senses So while the parish priest at her bedsideWent hammer and tongs at the prayers for the dyingAnd some were responding and some cryingI remembered her head bent towards my head,Her breath in mine, our fluent dipping knives Never closer the whole rest of our lives Tonight, a first movement, a pulse,As if the rain in bogland gathered headTo slip and flood a bog burst,A gash breaking open the ferny bed.Your back is a firm line of eastern coastAnd arms and legs are thrownBeyond your gradual hills I caressThe heaving province where our past has grown.I am the tall kingdom over your shoulderThat you would neither cajole nor ignore.Conquest is a lie I grow olderConceding your half independent shoreWithin whose borders now my legacyCulminates inexorably Sparse, pious, Catholic. #Free E-pub ñ Selected Poems 1966-1987 Ë Seamus Heaney Was The Winner Of TheNobel Prize, And This Collection Reveals The Range, Sureness, And Quality Of His Achievements Includes The Complete And Revised Version Of His Long Poem, Station Island, As Well As A Number Of Prose Poems Previously Unpublished In The US Night Driveby Seamus HeaneyThe smells of ordinarinessWere new on the night drive through France Rain and hay and woods on the airMade warm draughts in the open car.Signposts whitened relentlessly.Montrueil, Abb ville, BeauvaisWere promised, promised, came and went,Each place granting its name s fulfilment.A combine groaning its way lateBled seeds across its work light.A forest fire smouldered out.One by one small caf s shut.I thought of you continuouslyA thousand miles south where ItalyLaid its loin to France on the darkened sphere.Your ordinariness was renewed there. Mid term Break I sat all morning in the college sick bayCounting bells knelling classes to a close,At two o clock our neighbors drove me home.In the porch I met my father crying He had always taken funerals in his stride And Big Jim Evans saying it was a hard blow.The baby cooed and laughed and rocked the pramWhen I came in, and I was embarrassedBy old men standing up to shake my handAnd tell me they were sorry for my trouble, Whispers informed strangers I was the eldest,Away at school, as my mother held my handIn hers and coughed out angry tearless sighs.At ten o clock the ambulance arrivedWith the corpse, stanched and bandaged by the nurses.Next morning I went up into the room SnowdropsAnd candles soothed the bedside I saw himFor the first time in six weeks Paler now,Wearing a poppy bruise on the left temple,He lay in the four foot box as in a cot.No gaudy scars, the bumper knocked him clear.A four foot box, a foot for every year.Dear Mr Heaney This poem brings me to my knees every time The first time I read it was junior year of high school There was a communal gasp as the last line left the reader s lips I don t think any of us fully recovered.Thank you for that.Sincerely,MichaelP.S Digging and Bogland are equal in beauty but much deeper. For a very select audience, this documentation of 21 years of Seamus Heaney s poetry career will be an enjoyable and cathartic journey through Ireland and its culture.As a retrospective of what is now the first half of Seamus Heaney s poetry career, New Selected Poems 1966 1987 Faber and Faber, ISBN 0 571 14372 5, 1990 does well in showing a man who rallied for not just justice and understanding for the working class, but the imagination and beauty within it.Stretching from 1966 1987, this volume collects work from Heaney s first seven collections of verse Death of a Naturalist 1966 , Door into the Dark 1969 , Wintering Out 1972 , North 1975 , Field Work 1979 , Station Island 1984 , and The Haw Lantern 1987 Also included are prose poems from Stations 1975 as well as excerpts from Sweeney Astray 1983 , Heaney s English translation of the legend of Irish king Buile Shuibhne.A Strong Sense of PlaceHeaney s work has a strong sense of place Any reader familiar with salt of the earth types may expect Heaney s dense stories of blue collar Irish life to be easier to swallow However, be warned that the weight of the work almost seems too condensed, as if there was a narrative thread running through each poem at one point, only to be removed later in favor of astated, poetic tone.Muddled ClarityThe early poems Mid Term Break and The Other Side stand out because of their personal importance and focus on a sort of clever sadness Heaney tries to imbed the woes and concerns of all of Ireland within every poem, and while a later poem such as Hailstones achieves a connection for the character and the country, there areinstances of the clarity being muddled from an attempt to pack a poem too full.The prose poems do not fare much better, as any sense of narrative is absent The longer work poems from Station Island, specifically showof a tie from poem to poem, but even then poems like Chekhov on Sakhalin and Making Strange suffer from their own overuse of the poetic statement.A Vocalized StrengthThese poems benefit greatly from being read out loud A reader may findpower in the poems if she reads them audibly to herself perhaps even with an Irish accent, like Heaney To hear the poems brings out their best qualities the smart line breaks, the way Heaney unlocks the natural cadence in a piece of poetry, the emotion and timing of the language and the characters narrators who use it.More often than not, these traits ended up working near the actual meat of the poem as opposed to with it When Heaney can grasp both his craft and his point in his hands simultaneously, as he does in Strange Fruit, the results are quite good While there are no offensively bad works in this collection, the results rarely transcend an audience of those who are interested in working class Irish culture and history. In the nineteen forties, when I was the eldest child of an ever growing family in rural Co Derry, we crowded together in the three rooms of a traditional thatched farmstead and lived a kind of den life which wasor less emotionally and intellectually proofed against the outside world It was an intimate, physical, creaturely existence in which the night sounds of the horse in the stable beyond one bedroom wall mingled with the sounds of adult conversation from the kitchen beyond the other We took in everything that was going on, of course rain in the trees, mice on the ceiling, a steam train rumbling along the railway line one field back from the house but we took it in as if we were in the doze of hibernation Ahistorical, pre sexual, in suspension between the archaic and the modern, we were as susceptible and impressionable as the drinking water that stood in a bucket in our scullery every time a passing train made the earth shake, the surface of that water used to ripple delicately, concentrically, and in utter silence. 1st book of poetry I read by Seamus Heaney Other than the famous poems, it s an interesting book of poetry and I d definitely read him again. NOTE I m really close to a milestone on my Instagram 3,000 followers and would love to reach it www.instagram.com alicetiedthebookish I came across Seamus Heaney s poetry last year during my pre University course and found myself immensely enjoying his writing style His visions are historical, natural and insightful and this collection was full of poems I enjoyed Some short, some long but the vast majority really got to the point This collection is a great place to start if you are studying Heaney or looking to try some poetry reading for the first time ClearancesIn memoriam M.K.H., 1911 1984 By Seamus HeaneyShe taught me what her uncle once taught her How easily the biggest coal block splitIf you got the grain and hammer angled right.The sound of that relaxed alluring blow,Its co opted and obliterated echo,Taught me to hit, taught me to loosen,Taught me between the hammer and the blockTo face the music Teach me now to listen,To strike it rich behind the linear black.