The School Bag - edited by Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney as a companion to their enormously popular The Rattle Bag - is an exhilarating introduction for any student of poetry.
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 was followed by poetry, criticism and translations which established him as the leading poet of his generation. In 1995 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, and twice won the Whitbread Book of the Year, for The Spirit Level
(1996) and Beowulf
(1999). Stepping Stones
, a book of interviews conducted by Dennis O'Driscoll, appeared in 2008; Human Chain
, his last volume of poems, was awarded the 2010 Forward Prize for Best Collection. He died in 2013.
Ted Hughes (1930-1998) was born in Yorkshire. His first book, The Hawk in the Rain
, was published in 1957 by Faber & Faber and was followed by many volumes of poetry and prose for adults and children. He received the Whitbread Book of the Year for two consecutive years for his last published collections of poetry, Tales from Ovid
(1997) and Birthday Letters
(1998). He was Poet Laureate from 1984, and in 1998 he was appointed to the Order of Merit.