- Paperback: 80 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (8 May 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0571114334
- ISBN-13: 978-0571114337
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 0.6 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
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Field Work (Faber Poetry) Paperback – 8 May 2001
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Field Work by Seamus Heaney is further affirmation of the Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet's pre-eminence in both the depth and immediacy that poetry is able to offer: 'I ate the day / Deliberately, that its tang / Might quicken me all into verb, pure verb.'
At the centre of this collection, which includes groups of elegies and love poems, there is a short sonnet sequence that concentrates themes apparent elswehere in the book: individual responsibility for choices; the artist's commitment to his vocation; the vulnerability of all in the face of death.See all Product description
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This volume focuses on the four year period after Heaney's left Belfast and its problems and went to live in Glanmore, County Wicklow. The poems include: Oysters, a poem about friendship ; Triptych ; Sibyl ; Casualty; The Guttural Muse, a poem about the noise young people make after a night out ; A Dream of Jealousy, and the Otter. In all, there are twenty seven poems.
Heaney was a remarkable poet. You can smell Irish soil in his poems. They're informed by sectarian turbulence. It takes a special gift to win hearts on both sides of the Atlantic and Heaney possessed it. The critical consensus is that Heaney was the most gifted poet in Ireland and Britain. He was also the most critically respected poet. Many believed he was superior to Yeats, certainly his equal.
Heaney, who died in 2013, was a pastoralist whose poems about Irish life are homely, sentimental and sympathetic. For some he wrote romantic poetry, for others he wrote classic poetry about social engagement. His poems speak for religious, political, linguistic, sexual and literary matters. His poetry is replete with allegories and metaphors.
Heaney was a complex man. He sought answers for Irish problems. His clear recognition of rural hardship shines through his poetry. Heaney fully deserved his Nobel Prize. He was a poet of public as well as private life. Almost all of his poems contain profound family affections, eloquent landscapes, and vigorous social concern.
Heaney's language is very rich in simplicity as well as in awareness. His style is varied, the syntax sinuous. The power of his poetry was and remains extraordinary.
The publishers, Faber, are to be commended for reissuing these poems.
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