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Wintering Out - Seamus Heaney

Paperback Published: 2nd January 2002
ISBN: 9780571101580
Number Of Pages: 80

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Seamus Heaney has gone beyond the themes of his earlier poetry and has made the giant step towards the most ambitious, most intractable themes of maturity. The power of this book comes from a sense that he is reaching out towards a type of desolation and of isolation without which no imagination can be seen to have grown up.' Eavan Boland, Irish Times'Keyed and pitched unlike any other significant poet at work in the language anywhere.' Harold Bloom, Times Literary Supplement

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No bad poetry can hold a candle to bad Irish poetry, which is the feeling when the drinks and hangover are gone and all that's left is blarney. Here are little bits of sentiment-laden words (cairn, bog, "fisher's wives," Maighdean Mara) for those who remember the peaceful isle as it likes to think of itself, before the not-so-recent bloodshed, as it exists in perpetuity in this provincial assortment of '50's versemaking - replete with four-line stanzas in memory of another century, in which the wars - neither of them - ever happened. For this poet, national identity seems to be nothing more than a certain kind of quaint vocabulary - words whose meanings have largely passed out of common usage - a superficial tie to a culture whose love of words is so great that, alas! the authors tend not to care how they are used, so long as they are used at all. (Kirkus Reviews)

ISBN: 9780571101580
ISBN-10: 0571101585
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 80
Published: 2nd January 2002
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.7  x 0.8
Weight (kg): 0.09
Edition Number: 1

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