The Spirit Level

The Spirit Level

Book - 1996
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The poems in Seamus Heaney's collection The Spirit Level keep discovering the possibilities of 'a new beginning' in all kinds of subjects and circumstances. What is at stake, in poem after poem, is the chance of buoyancy and balance, physical, spiritual and political. Private memories, classical scenes, humble domestic objects - a whitewash brush, a sofa, a swing - are endowed with talismanic significance, while friends and relatives are invoked for their promise and steadfastness. Throughout the collection, Heaney addresses his concerns, which inevitably include the political situation in his native Northern Ireland, in a poetry that never ceases to be fluid, alert and completely truthful.
Publisher: London : Faber and Faber, 1996
ISBN: 9780571178223
Branch Call Number: 821.914 Heane 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 70 p. ;,21 cm


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Nov 26, 2015

These poems are all reminiscences of his life as a youth and young man, in so far I can tell from the poems themselves, for he provides no introduction nor notes of any kind. None of them are extraordinary or the result of a lightning strike. But, they are all well-crafted.

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