100 Poems


Selected poems from a Nobel laureate

Seamus Heaney had the dea to form a personal selection of essay from across the entire arc of his writing life, small yet comprehensive enough to serve as an introduction for all comers. He never managed to do this himself, and no other edition exists that has such a broad range, drawing from the fifth to the ast of his prizewinning collections. But now, finally, the project has been returned to, resulting in an intimate gathering of poems chosen and introduced by the Heaney family. In 100 Poems, readers will enjoy the most belove and celebrated poems, and will discover new favorites. It is a singular and welcoming anthology, reaching far and wide, for now and for years to come.

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Published August 20th 2019 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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This is a lovely book—I wanted to race through it because the poems, each personally selected by Heaney ’ s stepdaughte and three sibling, are so eautiful, but I forced myself to slow down and give each one the time it deserves.

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There is no evidence, by my lights, that Seamus Heaney was a great poet or deserving of the accolades his followers proclaim.

If the selections in this books, made by his family for him, represent the best of Seamus Heaney then I am convinced that poetry is dead.

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I now find myself wishing that I 'd been introduced to them when I was in my late teens or early twenties, because I think I 'd have understood and appreciated them more then- and who knows, perhaps I 'd even have become a poetry fan.My husband loves to read ( and occasionally write) poetry, but it 's not a genre that I 've ever quite understood.

And now, having read this, I 'm beginning to feel like maybe I 've started to understand.Heaney had hoped to put together a single-volume, personal collection of his prose; these are, inevitably, probably not exactly the poems he 'd have chosen, but they were chosen by the eople who were losest to him and loved him most, and that comes through clearly.I know reading poetry is not like reading a thriller ( see?

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As the family recall; they miss that distinctive voice reading his poetr and so I have subsequently listened to a few and this has added to my enjoyment.Here are classics: like Digging; Scaffolding; Two Lorries and my favourite Whatever You Say, Say Nothing.I also enjoyed: Miracle; District and Circle; St Kevin and the Blackbird; The Skylight andThe Railway Children.A traditional poet with and enduring voice. “ Wearing a poppy bruise on his left temple, He lay in the four-foot box in his cot.No gaudy scars, the bumper knocked him clear, A four-foot box, a foot for every year. ” “ After they shot deadThe thirteen men in Derry.PARAS THIRTEEN, the walls said, BOGSIDE NIL.

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