100 Poems (Faber Poetry) (Hardcover)

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This collection was gathered by the poet's family to carry out Heaney's own idea for a personal selection of work from his entire writing career.  His musical-poetic voice rings true throughout with his love of language and image,  humor, and clear-eyed observation of deeply personal, as well as historic events


Had I not been awake I would have missed it,

A wind that rose and whirled until the roof

Pattered with quick leaves off the sycamore


And got me up, the whole of me a-patter,

Alive and ticking like an electric fence:

Had I not been awake I would have missed it,



(excerpt from 'Had I not been awake', included in Seamus Heaney 100 Poems)

— Liz


Seamus Heaney had the idea to form a personal selection from across the entire arc of his poetry, small yet comprehensive enough to serve as an introduction for all comers. He never managed to do this in his lifetime, and no edition exists which has such a broad range, drawing from first collection to last. But now, at last, the project has been returned to, resulting in an intimate gathering of poems chosen and introduced by the Heaney family. Coinciding with the National Library of Ireland launching a major exhibition dedicated to the life and work of Seamus Heaney, 100 Poems is a singular, accessible collection for new and younger readers that has the opportunity to reach far and wide, now and for years to come.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780571347155
ISBN-10: 0571347150
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication Date: April 16th, 2019
Pages: 144
Language: English
Series: Faber Poetry