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The Spirit Level: Poems

Heaney, Seamus

ISBN 10: 0374267790 / ISBN 13: 9780374267797
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1996
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Second US Printing. Laid-in is author hand printed return address cut from envelope sent to seller: "S. Heaney, % Faber & Faber, 3 Queen Sq., London WCI 3AV". First book of poems published after winning the Nobel Prize. $18.00 price present on DJ flap. laid-in is original Time Magazine obituary for Heaney. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 025254

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Title: The Spirit Level: Poems

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

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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.

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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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