The History of the City of Fredericksburg, Virginia and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more


or
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
Trade in Yours
For a 0.25 Gift Card
Trade in
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Colour:
Image not available

 
Start reading The History of the City of Fredericksburg, Virginia on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

The Poetry of Seamus Heaney: A Critical Guide [Paperback]

Neil Corcoran
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
RRP: 12.99
Price: 9.09 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over 10. Details
You Save: 3.90 (30%)
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 6 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Want it Friday, 19 Sep.? Choose Express delivery at checkout. Details

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition 2.56  
Hardcover 26.05  
Paperback 9.09  
Unknown Binding --  
Trade In this Item for up to 0.25
Trade in The Poetry of Seamus Heaney: A Critical Guide for an Amazon Gift Card of up to 0.25, which you can then spend on millions of items across the site. Trade-in values may vary (terms apply). Learn more

Book Description

7 Sep 1998
Seamus Heaney's poetic career has been one of constant development and expansion, and his place among the world's greatest literary figures is universally acknowledged. When it first appeared in 1986, Neil Corcoran's A Student's Guide to Seamus Heaney was immediately recognized as the clearest and most thorough account of his work so far, and it has not been rivalled since. The new edition, which like the original has had the advantage of Seamus Heaney's own cooperation and unstinted access to the poet's papers, follows the same pattern, adding a chapter apiece on the major collections of poems published since 1986, as well as separate discussions of Heaney's work as a translator and essayist. The published chapters have also been revised. In consequence, this not only remains the most useful introduction to a singularly varied and important body of work, but is the most up-to-date as well.

Frequently Bought Together

The Poetry of Seamus Heaney: A Critical Guide + Selected Poems of Seamus Heaney: York Notes for GCSE + New Selected Poems, 1966-1987
Price For All Three: 23.67

Buy the selected items together


Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; 2Rev Ed edition (7 Sep 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571177476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571177479
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description

About the Author

Neil Corcoran is King Alfred Professor of English Literature at the University of Liverpool. He is the author of a biography of Seamus Heaney (1986), as well as Elizabeth Bowen: The Enforced Return (2008) and Shakespeare and the Modern Poet (2010), and is the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Twentieth-Century English Poetry (2007).

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Index | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Customer Reviews

3.2 out of 5 stars
3.2 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I bought this hoping it to be an updated version of the students guide, which was an excellent guide for A-levels. My course covers Death of a Naturalist to North, but the book did not devote much page space to these. I found it quite comlicated, although the quote analysis was useful. Worth buying, but do not expect another straightforward students guide.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nine Heaney Anthologies 12 Sep 2011
By RR Waller TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Just as Heaney's poetry is not to everyone's taste, Corcoran's guide is not, contingent on what readers are searching for. In it, he deals with his first nine anthologies and some of his early literary criticism:

"Death of a Naturalist" (1966)
"Door into the Dark" (1969)
"Wintering Out" (1972)
"North" (1975)
"Field Work" (1979)
"Station Island" (1984)
"The Haw Lantern" (1987)
"Seeing Things" (1991)
"The Spirit Level" (1996)

Students looking for a poem-by-poem analysis for their coursework or other studies - GCSE, AS, A - will be disappointed as will the pearled and twin-setted lady who asked T.S. Eliot what "Little Gidding" meant after a reading. (The anecdote suggests he smiled and read it again.)

Corcoran takes a broader brush and, while dealing fairly thoroughly with the anthologies, he creates an poetic atmosphere, a growing-up and a maturing by looking more widely at his work. It is not a simple question and answer. To be must helpful, I suggest reading each chapter with the anthology and a pencil to hand for ease of reference.

Read like this, readers will come away with a growing appreciation of the poet and the land which inspired him.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I purchased this book to help me withan essay and my general A-level Literature course. My essay dealt with the 1st four anthologies, which the book devoted about a third to. It was useful, with helpful points and quotes, but it was supposed to be an updated version of the Students guide. I found some points too complicated and the first anthologies, which most A-levels deal with, did not have enough pages devoted to them. Generally good, but unfortunately NOT another students guide.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful 1 Mar 2014
By DROB
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this to help with some aspects of my dissertation. Corcoran provides clear and detailed analysis of a wide range of Heaney's poetry. I think this book would be really useful to those who are either a little apprehensive about approaching Heaney's poetry in an academic sense, or those who are interested in extending their reading of Heaney's work. The book is not 'off-puttingly' wordy or theoretical.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor editorial 21 Mar 2006
Format:Paperback
I purchased this whilst studying Heaney as an undergraduate and thought it extremely poor and sold it on quite quickly. If you are serious about your studies there are more interesting and better written critical analyses out there such as those by Tobin, Hart and O'Brien.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Was this review helpful?   Let us know
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


Look for similar items by category


Feedback