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THE SPIRIT LEVEL.

Heaney, Seamus.

ISBN 10: 0374267790 / ISBN 13: 9780374267797
Published by FARRAR, STRAUS & GIROUX. NY 1996, 1996
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First American SIGNED LIMITED Edition. One of 200 numbered copies. Fine in green cloth, with a card box containing an audio cassette of the poet reading from his work. Enclosed in the publisher's black cloth slipcase. Oversubscribed upon publication. Bookseller Inventory # 8871

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Title: THE SPIRIT LEVEL.

Publisher: FARRAR, STRAUS & GIROUX. NY 1996

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition; First Printing.

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Synopsis:

In this collection, as ever with Heaney, personal memory and humble domestic objects -- a whitewash brush, a sofa, a swing -- are endowed with talismanic significance, and throughout the collection he addresses his growing concerns, which inevitably include the political situation in his native Northern Ireland, in a poetry that never ceases to be fluid, alert, and completely truthful.

Review:

The title of Seamus Heaney's first collection of poetry since winning the Nobel Prize in 1995 is the term used in Ireland for a carpenter's level, an earthy physical allusion to matters of spirit that is quintessential Heaney. And indeed this volume deals masterfully with the finding of a level balancing point in ethical, moral, and spiritual affairs. Heaney has famously likened his craft to the farming activities of his childhood, comparing his pen to his father's spade; here he extends that analogy, comparing the lines of a poem to furrows being plowed in the earth, and "the poem as ploughshare that turns time/ Up and over." Heaney's furrows are straight and clean, his loamy lines abundantly fertile.

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