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He is the voice of a live poet

Historical knowledge of Ireland needs to be consid...

Opened Ground is the greatest introduction that any reader of contemporary Irish poetry should endeavour to obtain. Heaney demonstrates an ability to find a very suttle voice from the fragments of a dis-membered 'Northern' Irish Catholic community. It is hard not to see him as the likely heir to...

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inspirational poet

political undertones

When analyzing the writings of Seamus Heaney, it is often important to take into account the situation of the poet himself to enable the reader to put his poetry into context. Heaney's poetry is particularly influenced by the history and politics of his home country Ireland and a strong theme of...

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Excellent

“Follower”

published 09/11/2003

good read

the poem has to end

“Follower” by Seamus Heaney is a thought-provoking poem. It raises issues such as childhood, growing up and old age. Heaney adds power to his consideration of these issues by his use of effective language. Each of these issues are vividly developed throughout the poem. Heaney...

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“Death of a 'Great culture'”

published 11/10/2007

Very readable. A lot of good techniques.

Not long enough!

'Death Of A Naturalist' I am going to be focusing on one of the most compelling poems in this book of Irish poems which is Death of A Naturalist. This is one of the most, I think, best ideas for a poem as it contains both side of an arguement, a very hard thing to do in a poem. I think Irish...

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Excellent

Very rich.

A bit hard-going!

My favorite poem by Seamus Heaney is Mid-term Break, and i am particularly captivated by the way he explores grief. In the 1950's Seamus Heaney's brother, who was four at the time, was hit and killed by a car. Seamus was at boarding school at the time and recalls to us what happened immediately...

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“Digging the Opened Ground”

published 18/06/2007

strong and touching poems, consistently thrilling ...

can only be dipped into from time to time

This book of Heaney's poems is not a short collection (like Death of a Naturalist) nor a compete works, but rather is somewhere in between. It contains poems from different selections of his work over the years, and as such is a lovely book for both those who are familiar with the poet and those...

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Not for me

published 18/08/2007

It smells, It smells, It smells, It smells, It smells, It smells, It smells, It smells, It smells, It smells, It smells, It smells, It smells, It smells, It smells, It smells, It smells, It smells, It smells very bad

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