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District and circle

Author: Seamus Heaney
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Seamus Heaney
ISBN: 0374140928 9780374140922 9780374530815 0374530815
OCLC Number: 61748460
Description: 78 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: The Turnip-Snedder --
A Shiver --
Polish Sleepers --
Anahorish 1944 --
To Mick Joyce in Heaven --
The Aerodrome --
Anything Can Happen --
Helmet --
Out of Shot --
Rilke : After the Fire --
District and Circle --
To George Seferis in the Underworld --
Wordsworth's Skates --
The Harrow-Pin --
Poet to Blacksmith --
Midnight Anvil --
Sugan --
Senior Infants --
The Nod --
A Clip --
Edward Thomas on the Lagans Road --
Found Prose --
The Lift --
Nonce Words --
Stern --
Out of This World --
In Iowa --
Hofn --
On the Spot --
The Tollund Man in Springtime --
Moyulla --
Planting the Alder --
Tate's Avenue --
A Hagging Match --
Fiddleheads --
To Pablo Neruda in Tamlaghtduff --
Home Help --
Rilke : The Apple Orchard --
Quitting Time --
Home Fires --
The Birch Grove --
Cavafy : "The rest I'll speak of to the ones below in Hades" --
In a Loaning --
The Blackbird of Glanmore.
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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 colored 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. --Publisher.

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