Opened Ground : Selected Poems, 1966-1996

by Seamus Heaney

Paper Book, 1999





Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999-10-25


As selected by the author, Opened Ground includes the essential work from Heaney's twelve previous books of poetry, as well as new sequences drawn from two of his landmark translations, The Cure at Troy and Sweeney Astray, and several previously uncollected poems. Heaney's voice is like no other--"by turns mythological and journalistic, rural and sophisticated, reminiscent and impatient, stern and yielding, curt and expansive" (Helen Vendler, The New Yorker)--and this is a one-volume testament to the musicality and precision of that voice. The book closes with Heaney's Nobel Lecture: "Crediting Poetry."

User reviews

LibraryThing member palaverofbirds
Seamus Heaney is certainly a great Irish poet and a great naturalist poet. I think he goes even beyond just those limits. His poetry, in my mind, embodies everything that makes the English language and English poetry so wonderful and unique. I really hope that when 20th century poetry is taught in 21st century schools that no curriculum skips past Heaney.… (more)
LibraryThing member Joles
Seamus Heaney is a master at his craft. His poems are evocative and ensnaring. They deal with the culture of Ireland in actions and landmarks. His works are emotional and stirring.
LibraryThing member a211423
His poetry is at once mysteriously haunting one minute and in the next a revelation.
Page: 0.1926 seconds