Travelling widely in time and space, Seamus Heaney's new collection is about origins (not least the origins of words) and oracles: the places where things start from, the ground of understanding - whether in Arcadia or Anahorish, the sanctuary at Epidaurus or the Bann valley in County Derry. In works which range from short takes to conversation poems, the pre-Socratic wisdom that everything flows is held in tension with the fixities of remembrance: elegizing childhood, friends and fellow poets. These gifts of recollection renew the poet's calling to assign to things their proper names; once again Heaney can be heard extending his word-hoard and rollcall.About the Author:
Seamus Heaney was born in County Derry, Northern Ireland. Death of a Naturalist, his first book, appeared in 1966, and since then he has published poetry, criticism and translations which have established him as one of the most acclaimed writers of our time. In 1995 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
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