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The title poem of this collection, Seamus Heaney's first after Field Work (1979), is set on an island that has been a site of pilgrimage in Ireland for over a thousand years. Heaney's pilgrim is on an inner journey and proceeds through a series of dream encounters which lead him back into the world that formed him, and then forward to face the crises of the present. Writing in The Washington Post Book World, Hugh Kenner called this narrative sequence "as fine a long poem as we've had in fifty years." It is ...
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The title poem of this collection, Seamus Heaney's first after Field Work (1979), is set on an island that has been a site of pilgrimage in Ireland for over a thousand years. Heaney's pilgrim is on an inner journey and proceeds through a series of dream encounters which lead him back into the world that formed him, and then forward to face the crises of the present. Writing in The Washington Post Book World, Hugh Kenner called this narrative sequence "as fine a long poem as we've had in fifty years." It is preceded by a section of richly meditative lyrics ("Wry, spare, compressed, subtle, strange, they have a furtive intensity and exicitement." - Richard Ellmann, The New York Review of Books), and leads naturally into a third group of poems, in which the poet's voice is at one with the voice of the legendary Sweeney, a king of Ulster whose story Heaney translated from the Irish.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Heaney (Field Work and Preoccupations) draws on the culture of his native Ireland for this collection. Included are short lyrical verses, a long poem in which Heaney confronts ghosts from his past, and a piece about seventh century Ulster King Sweeney. PW called the book ``striking.'' December
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"Seamus Heaney is one of the most admired poets writing in English to have emerged in the last 20 years, and if you open 'Station Island' almost anywhere you will soon see why. Powerful images; compelling rhythms; a distinctive palette; phrases packed tight with meaning - Mr. Heaney has all the primary gifts of a poet."
--The New York Times
 
"Striking."
--Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140865165
  • Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 10/1/1997
  • Format: Cassette

Meet the Author

Seamus Heaney received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995.

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  • Posted March 7, 2009

    An uncharacteristic volume, a Nobel-worthy volume

    Seamus Heaney is the last English language poet to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, and this volume makes the case powerfully. I cannot think of any volume of poetry so well constructed. Although it seems that part one and part two of the volume are different enterprises, the stations of the cross the poet goes through in the title poem are reflected in the lyric poems in the first half. Unlike some of Heaney's work before and since, the poetry is not bucolic, not obsessed with the natural world, and is, instead, focused squarely on the impossible position of the poet who stands between the violent and political world and the timeless qualities that make the world move. This is the greatest of the masterpieces Heaney has written and an essential element of any well stocked mind.

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