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Summary

The landmark selection of poems from the greatest poet of our age, read on audio by Seamus Heaney himself.

'His is "close-up" poetry - close up to thought, to the world, to the emotions. Few writers at work today, in verse or fiction, can give the sense of rich, fecund, lived life that Heaney does.' (John Banville)

'More than any other poet since Wordsworth he can make us understand that the outside world is not outside, but what we are made of.' (John Carey)

'Heaney's voice, by turns mythological and journalistic, rural and sophisticated, reminiscent and impatient, stern and yielding, curt and expansive, is one of a suppleness almost equal to consciousness itself.' (Helen Vendler)

©2014 the Estate of Seamus Heaney (P)2014 Faber Audio

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back in the world

listening to the lilting voice of heany ready his poetry brings one back into the world. a world that experienced through all the senses and across time .

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Fey

I had heard Heaney reading his poems before - I even went to see him read his poems.
But as a body of work they now just seem fey. I wonder whether he will be held in such esteem in 50 years time? The occasional gem that really does seem to encapsulate something, but... Once I thought he was the greater of the School Bag poets. But no more. I wonder if I am alone in this?