District and Circle

District and Circle

Book - 2006
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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 coloured 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. ... 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: London : Faber and Faber, c2006
ISBN: 9780571230969
0571230962
Branch Call Number: 821.914 HEA NVD
Alternative Title: District & circle

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Dec 14, 2015

Several wonderful poems (the best are 'A Shiver', 'District and Circle', 'Tollund Man In Springtime' and 'Moyulla'), and just about all the others are solid and well-constructed.

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