Seeing Things by Seamus Heaney
This collection of Seamus Heaney's work, especially in the vivid and surprising twelve-line poems entitled Squarings, shows he is ready to re-imagine experience and "to credit marvels".
The title poem, Seeing Things, is typical of the whole book. It begins with memories of an actual event, then moves towards the visionary while never relinquishing its feel for the textures and sensations of the world.
Translations of Virgil and Homer provide a prelude and a coda where motifs implicit in the earlier lyrics are given direct expression in extended narratives.
Journeys to underworlds and otherworlds correspond to the journeys made by poetic language itself.
'Reading these poems you feel what the first readers of, say, Keats's odes or Milton's 1645 collection must have felt - the peculiar excitement of watching a new masterwork emerge and take its permanent place in our literature.' John Carey, Sunday Times
Paperback | 128 pages
131 x 199 x 11mm | 155g
03 Jun 2001
Faber & Faber
London, United Kingdom
Condition: Very Good
A vintage book that does not look new and has been read but is in excellent condition. No obvious damage to the cover. No missing or damaged pages, no creases or tears, and no underlining/highlighting of text or writing in the margins. Very minimal wear and tear.