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The powerful collection by the bestselling translator of Beowulf

In the finland of perch, the fenland of alder, on air

That is water, on carpets of Bann stream, on hold

In the everything flows and steady go of the world.

--from "Perch"

Seamus Heaney's collection travels widely in time and space, visiting the sites of the classical world and revisiting the poet's childhood: rural electrification and the light of ancient evenings are reconciled within the orbit of a single lifetime. This is a book 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.

Electric Light ranges from short takes to conversation poems. The pre-Socratic wisdom that everything flows is held in tension with the elegizing of friends and fellow poets. These gifts of recollection renew the poet's calling to assign things their proper names; once again Heaney can be heard exting his word hoard and roll call in this, his eleventh collection.

Review:

"Heaney's new book of poems is a compendium of poetic genres set in an array of forms and tuned to many kinds of experience, the work of a mature poet and world citizen, aware of his cultural authority as a public man and of the rights and responsibilities that go with it." The New York Times Book Review, Summer Reading 2001 selection

Review:

"ELECTRIC LIGHT extends Heaney's myth-hoard, notably into the classical domain; but its brightest treasures are drawn from a copious memory-hoard, which shows no signs of exhaustion. It dwells more minutely than ever on a pre-industrial past, for the benefit of a post-industrial readership, and its relative tranquility draws attention to the fact that even the sectarian conflict, which has drawn him most frequently into the glare of modernity, is itself more ancient than the spinning jenny." Times Literary Supplement, 05/04/2001*
-- Gerald Mangan

Synopsis:

Heaney's new collection travels widely in space and time, visiting the sites of the classical world, revisiting the poet's childhood: rural electrification and the light of ancient evenings are reconciled within the orbit of a single lifetime.

Synopsis:

A new collection from the Nobel Laureate and winner of the 1999 Whitbread Book Of The Year Award, Seamus Heaney, which certainly represents a major publishing event. Publication will be acknowledged with major and widespread review coverage, profiles and features across all areas of the national and Irish media. "The greatest thing about Heaney is his adventurous progress from book to book and poem to poem, his refusal to rest on his laurels" "The Times". Hardback edition also available.

Synopsis:

The powerful collection by the bestselling translator of Beowulf In the finland of perch, the fenland of alder, on air That is water, on carpets of Bann stream, on hold In the everything flows and steady go of the world. --from "Perch" Seamus Heaney's collection travels widely in time and space, visiting the sites of the classical world and revisiting the poet's childhood: rural electrification and the light of ancient evenings are reconciled within the orbit of a single lifetime. This is a book 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. Electric Light ranges from short takes to conversation poems. The pre-Socratic wisdom that everything flows is held in tension with the elegizing of friends and fellow poets. These gifts of recollection renew the poet's calling to assign things their proper names; once again Heaney can be heard exting his word hoard and roll call in this, his eleventh collection.

About the Author

Seamus Heaney received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995. A resident of Dublin since 1976, he teaches regularly at Harvard University. His recent publications include Beowulf (FSG, 2000), Diary of One Who Vanished (FSG, 2000), and Opened Ground (FSG, 1998).

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ISBN:
9780571207985
Author:
Heaney, Seamus
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Libri
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81

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Product details 81 pages Faber & Faber - English 9780571207985 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Heaney's new book of poems is a compendium of poetic genres set in an array of forms and tuned to many kinds of experience, the work of a mature poet and world citizen, aware of his cultural authority as a public man and of the rights and responsibilities that go with it."
"Review" by , "ELECTRIC LIGHT extends Heaney's myth-hoard, notably into the classical domain; but its brightest treasures are drawn from a copious memory-hoard, which shows no signs of exhaustion. It dwells more minutely than ever on a pre-industrial past, for the benefit of a post-industrial readership, and its relative tranquility draws attention to the fact that even the sectarian conflict, which has drawn him most frequently into the glare of modernity, is itself more ancient than the spinning jenny." Times Literary Supplement, 05/04/2001*
-- Gerald Mangan
"Synopsis" by , Heaney's new collection travels widely in space and time, visiting the sites of the classical world, revisiting the poet's childhood: rural electrification and the light of ancient evenings are reconciled within the orbit of a single lifetime.
"Synopsis" by , A new collection from the Nobel Laureate and winner of the 1999 Whitbread Book Of The Year Award, Seamus Heaney, which certainly represents a major publishing event. Publication will be acknowledged with major and widespread review coverage, profiles and features across all areas of the national and Irish media. "The greatest thing about Heaney is his adventurous progress from book to book and poem to poem, his refusal to rest on his laurels" "The Times". Hardback edition also available.
"Synopsis" by , The powerful collection by the bestselling translator of Beowulf In the finland of perch, the fenland of alder, on air That is water, on carpets of Bann stream, on hold In the everything flows and steady go of the world. --from "Perch" Seamus Heaney's collection travels widely in time and space, visiting the sites of the classical world and revisiting the poet's childhood: rural electrification and the light of ancient evenings are reconciled within the orbit of a single lifetime. This is a book 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. Electric Light ranges from short takes to conversation poems. The pre-Socratic wisdom that everything flows is held in tension with the elegizing of friends and fellow poets. These gifts of recollection renew the poet's calling to assign things their proper names; once again Heaney can be heard exting his word hoard and roll call in this, his eleventh collection.
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