Electric Light by Seamus Heaney
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Electric Light
By Seamus Heaney

Electric Light


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Electric Light by Seamus Heaney

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The powerful collection by the bestselling translator of "Beowulf""In the finland of perch, the fenland of alder, on air""That is water, on carpets of Bann stream, on hold""In the everything flows and steady go of the world."--from "Perch"Seamus Heaney's collection travels widely in time and space, visiting the sites of the classical world and revisiting the poet's childhood: rural electrification and the light of ancient evenings are reconciled within the orbit of a single lifetime. This is a book about origins (not least, the origins of words) and oracles: the places where things start from, the ground of understanding -- whether in Arcadia or Anahorish, the sanctuary at Epidaurus or the Bann valley in County Derry."Electric Light" ranges from short takes to conversation poems. The pre-Socratic wisdom that everything flows is held in tension with the elegizing of friends and fellow poets. These gifts of recollection renew the poet's calling to assign things their proper names; once again Heaney can be heard exting his word hoard and roll call in this, his eleventh collection.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780374528416
ISBN-10: 0374528411
Format: Paperback / softback
(208mm x 137mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publish Date: 3-Apr-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney (1939-2013) received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995. His poems, plays, translations, and essays include "Opened Ground," "Electric Light," "Beowulf," "The Spirit Level," "District and Circle," and "Finders Keepers." Robert Lowell praised Heaney as the "most important Irish poet since Yeats."

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