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District and Circle Hardcover – 6 Apr 2006

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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (6 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571230962
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571230969
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 1.3 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 275,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Seamus Heaney was born in County Derry in Northern Ireland in 1939. Death of a Naturalist, his first collection of poems, appeared in 1966 and since then he has published poetry, criticism and translations - including Beowulf (1999) - which established him as one of the leading poets of his generation. In 1995 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. District and Circle (2006), his eleventh collection, was awarded the T. S. Eliot Prize. Stepping Stones, a book of interviews conducted by Dennis O'Driscoll, appeared in 2008. In 2009 he received the David Cohen Prize for Literature. His twelfth collection of poetry, Human Chain, was published in 2010.

Seamus Heaney died in Dublin on August 30th, 2013

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"A book as original, startling and aesthetically compelling as any since his magisterial 1984 sequence, "Station Island". " --"The Washington Post Book World""" "[Heaney's] voice carries the authenticity and believability of the plainspoken--even though (herein his magic) his words are anything but plainspoken. His stanzas are dense echo chambers of contending nuances and ricocheting sounds. And his is the gift of saying something extraordinary while, line by line, conveying a sense that this is something an ordinary person might actually say." --Brad Leithauser, "The New York Times Book Review"

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District and Circle, by Seamus Heaney, has become one of the most celebrated volumes of poetry from the Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet, once again reaffirming his ability to write some of the most serious and the most tender poetry of which English language is capable.

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By peter on 23 Jan. 2007
Format: Hardcover
District and Circle is a great collection of poems and one of Seamus Heaney's best. These are lovely poems that celebrate and do justice to what is real and of importance in the world. They celebrate physical presence in life and nature. Heaney enables us through the texture of his words to renew our contact and contract with the world. The poems are life-affirming but at the same time the poet is not blind to darkness and mortality and chance, the things that are destructive of love.

Some of my favourite poems in this collection include: The Lift, Nonce Words, In Iowa, Quitting Time and The Blackbird of Glanmore.

This is not just a book to read, it is also a book to re-read and think about and absorb.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Bronte on 9 Oct. 2013
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I was so sad to hear of the death of Seamus Heaney, a truly great poet. I bought this to mark the sad occasion as I had neglected to read these poems up til now. I keep them on my bedside table and read and contemplate on one each night.
Highly recommended.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By booklover on 20 Jan. 2007
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this is an innovative display of language from cover to cover; investing the reader's attention in areas we would usually overlook.

this collection has recently been described as 'exhilarating' by judges which awarded the t. s. eliot award 2006 to it, which celebrates the pinnacle of poetry. dark and mysterious, yet accessible and relevant; this book is essential.
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Heaney is a "legen" in his own time (I'm sure he would forgive the cliche). He always comes across as a modest man and makes no exaggerated claims: he has nothin to declare except his genius. The poetry can and must be read over and over. Read and let it speak for itself.
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By E. Grace on 21 Sept. 2013
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I enjoy the poetry of Seamus Heaney as he writes with clarity and wonderfully descriptive language. He is down-to-earth, being able to see all sides of conflict in his own country.
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I am a big fan of Seamus Heaney and the book of his poems i received was exactly as described.
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