The Spirit Level

Seamus Heaney
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The Spirit Level is Seamus Heaney's first book of poems since he was awarded the 1995 Nobel Prize for Literature. It comes five years after his most recent collection, Seeing things, which was described by reviewers as a 'triumph' and a 'masterpiece', and shows both the poet's alert response to new political realities and his continuing concern with matters of family history and spiritual well-being. Elegies, translations and reworkings of old stories sit alongside celebrations of what simply endures, whether in memory or in actuality. A sternly uncompromising note is occasionally sounded, but the main thrust is always towards the state of balance and measure suggested by the title.

Author bio:

Seamus Heaney was born in 1939 in County Derry in Northern Ireland. He grew up in the country, on a farm, in touch with a traditional rural way of life, which he wrote about in his first book Death of a Naturalist (1966). He attended the local school and in 1951 went as a boarder to St Columb's College, about 40 miles away in Derry (the poem 'Singing School' in North refers to this period of his life). In 1956 he went on a scholarship to Queen's University, Belfast and graduated with a first class degree in English Language and Literature in 1961. After a year as a post-graduate at a college of education, and a year teaching in a secondary modern school in Ballymurphy, he was appointed to the staff of St Joseph's College of Education. In 1966 Seamus Heaney took up a lecturing post in the English Department of Queen's University, and remained there until 1972, spending the academic year 1970-71 as a visiting Professor at the University of California in Berkeley.

Category: Literature & literary studies
ISBN: 9780571178223
Edition No: 1
Publisher: Faber
Imprint: Faber Poetry
Pub Date: July 2005
Page Extent: 80
Format: Paperback - B format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Literature & literary studies