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5 stars and more by anyone else's standards
on 14 May 2001
Maybe because Seeing Things is so brilliant I was expecting too much from The Spirit Level. That book is almost a coming to enlightenment for Heaney. I've never read any poetry that puts complex spirituality in such simple, clear, and beautiful terms. The Spirit Level feels a bit like a collection of B-sides by comparison, to be honest. Although let's face it, you wouldn't want to not get hold of it when there's poems like St Kevin and the Blackbird in it, which are at least as good as anything else he's done before, which is saying something. Anyway, the thing to remember is, I suppose, that if anyone else had written this I'd be giving it about 100 stars, if that were possible! There's no one in the world writing poetry that can come close, apart from Walcott.