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  • 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)
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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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I had to struggle a bit with the language, being not native English speaking, but I relished the challenge and was thoroughly rewarded for my efforts.
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.
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I have low-vision and am having "Seeing Things" read to me. (irony?). The format ie. question and answer, always places me firmly in the thought of Heaney. The interviewer is clever, thoughtful, insightful even. I only wish I could have it in some audio form so I do not have to wait to have it read. I could 'read' it when I want it. Excellent.
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Where have I been all these years, that I've not read Seamus Heaney before? Better late than never...and plenty to catch up on.
Just like sinking into a wonderful warm embrace...
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Wonderful collection of verse, the power of observation rather than description. Sadly previous owner had written comments in green ink alongside.
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