- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (3 Jun. 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0571144691
- ISBN-13: 978-0571144693
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1 x 20 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 306,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Seeing Things Paperback – 3 Jun 1991
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"Heaney's most plain-spoken and autobiographical book to date. Here is the transcendence of "Seeing Things," the simple and miraculous escalation from a sixth sense to a seventh heaven, the lovely delusive optics of sawing and cycling and barred gates. . . ."--Michael Hofmann," The London Review of Books"
"[Reading "Seeing Things"] you feel what readers of say, Keats's odes or Milton's 1645 collection must have felt--the peculiar excitement of watching a new masterwork emerge and take its permanent place in our literature."--John Carey, "The Sunday Times (London)"
Heaney's most plain-spoken and autobiographical book to date. Here is the transcendence of "Seeing Things," the simple and miraculous escalation from a sixth sense to a seventh heaven, the lovely delusive optics of sawing and cycling and barred gates. . . . "Michael Hofmann, The London Review of Books"
[Reading "Seeing Things"] you feel what readers of say, Keats's odes or Milton's 1645 collection must have felt--the peculiar excitement of watching a new masterwork emerge and take its permanent place in our literature. "John Carey, The Sunday Times (London)"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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. His translation of Virgil's Aeneid Book VI was published posthumously in 2016 to critical acclaim.
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Top Customer Reviews
It is a collection that speaks profoundly about how the present, everyday moments link to one another and constitute the basis for our inner history.
You can feel that Heaney is also reflecting about the passing of time, of memory and of fading vitality, when one has to confront himself with his past and try to explicate the meaning of all those, at that time, meaningless moments and how, those same moments, retrospectively acquire so much meaning.
Collection of poems can be read intermittently, but do not let too much time pass from reading one poem to the next, because they are discoursing with one another, which enriches still the depth of this book.
Just like sinking into a wonderful warm embrace...
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really nice quality paper and texture on cover. Love the poems too!Published 7 months ago by D. Hall
Surely books like this by authors like this don't need reviews? I can't be critical about Seamus Heaney. He's ace.Published 12 months ago by The Literate Chimp