District and Circle (Hardback)
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Hardback 96 Pages / Published: 06/04/2006
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Seamus Heaney's new collection starts 'in an age of bare hands and cast iron' and ends 'as the automatic lock / clunks shut' in the eerie new conditions of a menaced twenty-first century. In their haunted, almost visionary clarity, the poems assay the weight and worth of what has been held in the hand and in the memory. Images out of a childhood spent safe from the horrors of World War II - railway sleepers, a sledgehammer, the 'heavyweight silence' of cattle out in rain - are coloured by a strongly contemporary sense that 'anything can happen' and other images from the dangerous present - a journey on the underground, a melting glacier - are fraught with this same anxiety. But District and Circle, which includes a number of prose poems and translations, offers resistance as the poet gathers his staying powers and stands his ground in the hiding places of love and excited language. In a sequence like 'The Tollund Man in Springtime' and in several poems which 'do the rounds of the district' - its known roads and rivers and trees, its familiar and unfamiliar ghosts - the gravity of memorial is transformed into the grace of recollection. With more relish and conviction than ever, Seamus Heaney maintains his trust in the obduracy of workaday realities and the mystery of everyday renewals: Again the growl Of shutting doors, the jolt and one-off treble Of iron on iron, then a long centrifual Haulage of speed through every dragging socket. (from 'District and Circle')

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571230969
Number of pages: 96
Weight: 245 g
Dimensions: 224 x 144 x 13 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
Praise for "Electric Light:
"Heaney's status as one of the most significant poets writing in English and the greatest Irish poet since Yeats in already well established. "Electric Light is further confirmation of his power to capture and transcend the immediacy of the moment, to find the stillness at the heart of things." --Joe Treasure," Los Angeles Times Book Review
""Electric Light includes poems that are sparks of fulminating retrospection . . . To say it the best I can . . . [Heaney] exercises poetry's power to proclaim truth and the artist's power to make us know that it is a truth we can't be without . . . Engagement is the heart of a poem . . . and Mr. Heaney's strongest engagement in this collection is with time: the past that lives, the present that dies." --Richard Eder, "The New York Times
Praise for "Electric Light":
"Heaney's status as one of the most significant poets writing in English and the greatest Irish poet since Yeats in already well established. "Electric Light" is further confirmation of his power to capture and transcend the immediacy of the moment, to find the stillness at the heart of things." --Joe Treasure," Los Angeles Times Book Review
"""Electric Light" includes poems that are sparks of fulminating retrospection . . . To say it the best I can . . . Heaney exercises poetry's power to proclaim truth and the artist's power to make us know that it is a truth we can't be without . . . Engagement is the heart of a poem . . . and Mr. Heaney's strongest engagement in this collection is with time: the past that lives, the present that dies." --Richard Eder, "The New York Times"

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“District and Circle”

earthy,honest and easy to read poems and prose,like all his writing you cannot put it down and when you do you keep picking it up againand again

Paperback edition
15th June 2009
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“District and Circle”

earthy,honest and easy to read poems and prose,like all his writing you cannot put it down and when you do you keep picking it up againand again

Paperback edition
15th June 2009
Helpful? Upvote 18

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