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Seamus Heaney - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
Biographical Information

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Selected works by this author

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
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Seamus Heaney   (1939 - )
 
Category:  Irish Literature
 
Born: 1939
Castledawson, County Derry, Northern Ireland
 
 
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Seamus Heaney - LIFE STORIES
 
 
4/13/1939     Young Seamus Heaney
On this day in 1939 Seamus Heaney was born. His first collection of poems earned four major awards and provoked Christopher Ricks to declare that those "who remain unstirred by Seamus Heaney's poems will simply be announcing that they are unable to give up the habit of disillusionment with recent poetry." There have been almost three dozen books since, and the list of awards includes the 1995 Nobel.
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Beowulf
audio CD
 
Beowulf: A New Verse Translation
poetry
 
Beowulf: A Verse Translation
poetry
 
Finders Keepers: Selected Prose 1971-2001
essays
 
Opened Ground: Selected Poems, 1966-1996
poetry
 
Seeing Things : Poems
poetry
 
The Redress of Poetry
essays
 
The Spirit Level: Poems
poetry
 
 
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Passage to the Center: Imagination and the Sacred in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney
by Daniel Tobin
criticism and analysis
 
Seamus Heaney and The Language of Poetry
by Bernard O'Donoghue
criticism and analysis
 
Seamus Heaney: Searches for Answers
by Eugene O'Brien
criticism and analysis
 
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BBC Four Audio Interviews
Find excerpts from two BBC interviews in which the Irish poet, critic and translator talks about his formative years, education, and the influence of the Irish language on his writing.
Ibiblio.org: The Internet Poetry Archive
Find a biography, bibliography, and poems including:

  • "Personal Helicon"

  • "Bogland"

  • "Tollund Man"

  • "Casualty"

  • "Song"

  • "Harvest Bow"
  • Nobel Prize in Literature 1995
    Find a biography, Nobel lecture and speech, and links to online resources about the poet awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995 "for works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past."

    "At St. Columb's College, Heaney was taught Latin and Irish, and these languages, together with the Anglo-Saxon which he would study while a student of Queen's University, Belfast, were determining factors in many of the developments and retrenchments which have marked his progress as a poet. The first verses he wrote when he was a young teacher in Belfast in the early 1960s and many of the best known poems in North, his important volume published in 1975, are linguistically tuned to the Anglo-Saxon note in English. His poetic line was much more resolutely stressed and packed during this period than it would be in the eighties and nineties when the 'Mediterranean' elements in the literary and linguistic heritage of English became more pronounced."
    Review: "Irish Touch on an Anglo-Saxon Chiller"
    Find a March 2000 article from the New York Times about Heaney and his translation of Beowulf.

    "In the writing, as in Mr. Heaney's recitation, there is an Irish tinge, and occasional words that are more Ulster than Anglo-Saxon, but the translation is authentically of its period and genre. It is, he said, about one-third Heaney, two-thirds 'duty to the text,' and is therefore a merging of the anonymous author and the contemporary poet...."
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