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North [Paperback]

Seamus Heaney
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8 Oct 2001
In North Seamus Heaney found a myth which allowed him to articulate a vision of Ireland - its people, history and landscape. Here the Irish experience is refracted through images drawn from different parts of the Northern European experience, and the idea of the north allows the poet to contemplate the violence on his home ground in relation to memories of the Scandinavian and English invasions which have marked Irish history so indelibly.


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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Reprint edition (8 Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 057110813X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571108138
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 12.5 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,708 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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"[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"

About the Author

Seamus Heaney was born in County Derry in Northern Ireland. 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 have established him as one of the leading poets now at work. In 1995 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. District and Circle was awarded the T. S. Eliot Prize in 2006. Stepping Stones, a book of interviews conducted by Dennis O'Driscoll, appeared in 2008. In 2009 he received the David Cohen Prize for Literature. Human Chain was awarded the 2010 Forward Prize for Best Collection.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The birth of Heaney the master

3 Feb 2000

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Heaney's effortless appropriation of bog-bodies continues through this remarkable volume. Putting Northern Irish politics inside the framework of Northern European history, Heaney fetishises the dead in order to reappraise the living.
His voice has become mature, considered, reflective; he manages to avoid the cliched "cashing in" which Northern Irish poets are ocassionally accused of. As he says himself in "Exposure";
I am neither internee nor informer;
An inner emigre, grown long-haired
And thoughtful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 31 Dec 2013
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Demonstrates how effectively a poet can explain contemporary issues through historical lessons and by not succumbing to a simplistic political propagandising approach
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful poems 10 May 2013
By Sophia
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This is a beautiful collection of poems, spare, elegant and powerful - I particularly like 'Ocean's Love to Ireland' with its violent imagery.
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3 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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From the opening of 'North' Heaney is conscious of his marginalisation. In this collection the bog, neither land nor water and both the oppressing goddess and the passive womb, is a layer of mud on which Heaney's consciousness germinates. This is part of Heaney's pilgrimage both past and upto 'the Irish thing' and the poetry is slow, deep, reflective and brilliant as the bog reveals both 'gem stones' and layers of the poets wet and bottomless consciousness. Heaney moves lucidly from the 'Honeycombed workings' of this achealogical journey to set himself against a backdrop of myth in this gloriously muddy pursuit of his whole identity.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mystic poems from the Celtic-Nordic Axis 3 May 2000
By John M - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
These poems connect the twenty first century reader with the Celtic past of Ireland, in a unique way: through the experience of the marauding Vikings. Wonderful poems with a mythic edge. Heaney is fantastic.
Fans of Heaney's Beowulf translation will find a great introduction to his work here in this accessible group of poems.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Poems 11 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't know much about poetry, but as a fan of Irish culture, I decided to pick up this small collection. I was moved by the images. Heaney brought the past alive. I could picture the Vikings coming up the Shannon and storming Clen McNois and other monastries. Definately recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful writing 20 Oct 2013
By Hans Schtangler - Published on Amazon.com
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Love SH. Period. Fabulous. Thoughtful. Imaginative. Cool. Deep. Profound. Smart. Happy. Sad. Wondrous. Irish. Celtic. Seamus Heaney! Seamus Heaney! Seamus Heaney!
5.0 out of 5 stars Early English lyrically deciphered 14 May 2014
By Bob Pond - Published on Amazon.com
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This was an enjoyable read. Seamus Heaney is poet first with an affinity for translating the ancestral tongue into modern day English. As written by Heaney, not only are the characters and plotting plausible and comprehensible, but also the mere lyricism of the words chosen make it a pleasure to read aloud...just for the aural pleasure.
5.0 out of 5 stars Consummately crafted poetry 20 July 2014
By Johanna Haas - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a wow book. Heaney explores his native Ireland through the idea of North - from Viking invaders to the conflicts of Northern Ireland. A consummate craftsman, I cannot imagine how long it took him to find all the right words.
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