Opened Ground: Selected Poems, 1966-1996 by Seamus HeaneyIn Digging, the first poem in Opened Ground, Heaney likens his pen to both spade and gun. With these metaphors in place, he makes clear his difficult poetic task: to delve into the past, both personal and historic, while remaining ever mindful of the potentially fatal power of language.
Born and raised in Northern Ireland, where any hint of Gaelic tradition in ones speech was considered a political act, Heaney is all too aware of the dire consequences of speaking ones mind. Indeed, during times of crisis, he has been expected to appear on television and dispense political wisdom.
Most often, however, he stays out of the fray and opts for a supreme sense of empathy to guide his words. As excavator--of earth, of his beloved Gaelic, of his own life--Heaney is unmatched. In Bone Dreams, the archaeologists task is synonymous with reaching for a cultural past: I push back through dictions, Elizabethan canopies, Norman devices, the erotic mayflowers of Provence and the ivied Latins of churchmen to the scops twang, the iron flash of consonants cleaving the line.
And in early poems like Blackberry Picking, Heaneys images--deftly, delightfully--carry us back to childhood fields: At first, just one, a glossy purple clot Among others, red, green, hard as a knot. You ate that first one and its flesh was sweet Like thickened wine: summers blood was in it Leaving stains upon the tongue and lust for Picking. Then red ones inked up and that hunger Sent us out with milk cans, pea tins, jam pots Where briars scratched and wet grass bleached our boots. Round hayfields, cornfields and potato drills We trekked and picked until the cans were full... Opened Ground is a pleasure and a triumph. These three decades of work confirm Heaney as one of the most important poets of his time. --Martha Silano
Seamus Heaney Reading St. Kevin and the Blackbird - HD 1080p
Opened Ground Selected Poems 1966 1996
Seamus Heaney is widely recognized as one of the major poets of the 20th century. He was the author of over 20 volumes of poetry and criticism, and edited several widely used anthologies. He died in Heaney has attracted a readership on several continents and has won prestigious literary awards and honors, including the Nobel Prize. As Blake Morrison noted in his work Seamus Heaney, the author is "that rare thing, a poet rated highly by critics and academics yet popular with 'the common reader. The New York Review of Books essayist Richard Murphy described Heaney as "the poet who has shown the finest art in presenting a coherent vision of Ireland, past and present.
This content was uploaded by our users and we assume good faith they have the permission to share this book. If you own the copyright to this book and it is wrongfully on our website, we offer a simple DMCA procedure to remove your content from our site. Start by pressing the button below! Dublin, Ireland. Includes bibliographical references. Heaney, Seamus——Prose.
Masons, when they start upon a building, Are careful to test out the scaffolding;. So if, my dear, there sometimes seem to be Old bridges breaking between you and me. Never fear. We may let the scaffolds fall Confident that we have built our wall. Anything can happen. You know how Jupiter Will mostly wait for clouds to gather head Before he hurls the lightning? Well, just now He galloped his thunder cart and his horses Across a clear blue sky.
Opened ground: selected poems, by: Heaney, Seamus, External-identifier: urn:acs6:openedgroundsele00hean:pdf.
the gospel according to lost
More by Seamus Heaney
Seamus Heaney interview on his Life and Career + Poetry Reading (1991)
A much-needed new selection of Seamus Heaney's work. He grew up in the country, on a farm, in touch with a traditional rural way of life, which he wrote about in his first book Death of a Naturalist He attended the local school and in went as a boarder to St Columb's College, about 40 miles away in Derry the poem 'Singing School' in North refers to this period of his life. In he went on a scholarship to Queen's University, Belfast and graduated with a first class degree in English Language and Literature in After a year as a post-graduate at a college of education, and a year teaching in a secondary modern school in Ballymurphy, he was appointed to the staff of St Joseph's College of Education.