The title poem of this collection, Seamus Heaney's first after "Field Work" (1979), is set on an island that has been a site of pilgrimage in Ireland for over a thousand years. Heaney's pilgrim is on an inner journey and proceeds through a series of dream encounters which lead him back into the world that formed him, and then forward to face the ...
The title poem of this collection, Seamus Heaney's first after "Field Work" (1979), is set on an island that has been a site of pilgrimage in Ireland for over a thousand years. Heaney's pilgrim is on an inner journey and proceeds through a series of dream encounters which lead him back into the world that formed him, and then forward to face the crises of the present. Writing in "The Washington Post Book World, " Hugh Kenner called this narrative sequence "as fine a long poem as we've had in fifty years." It is preceded by a section of richly meditative lyrics ("Wry, spare, compressed, subtle, strange, they have a furtive intensity and exicitement." - Richard Ellmann, "The New York Review of Books" ), and leads naturally into a third group of poems, in which the poet's voice is at one with the voice of the legendary Sweeney, a king of Ulster whose story Heaney translated from the Irish.
Like New in Like New jacket. 8vo. First UK Edition. Faber and Faber, London, 1984. Both book and dust jacket are like new or better. Price includes boxed packing with tracking and a new, clear Mylar dust jacket cover installed prior to shipping.
Near Fine. INSCRIBED BY SEAMUS HEANEY TO PAUL AND JANET FERREL. JANET FERREL WORKED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL POETRY FORUM IN PITTSBURGH, PA. Third Printing. c.1986. Softcover. 8vo. 123pp. Near Fine. Mild shelfwear, mild soiling to wraps.
Very Good in Very Good DJ. 8vo. 123 pp. Quarter cloth in dustjacket. Sunning to dj spine, small stain to front joint. Sunning to book spine ends, a few faint stains to text block. First edition, signed by the author on the title page dated May 20th, 1985. Previous owner's inscription to fep. Faint pencil erasure marks throughout. Signed.
Near Fine in Very Good jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Signed by Author First US edition, first prnt. Signed by Heaney on the front free endpage. Cloth spine ends toned; dustjacket with price-clip and tiny chip on the spine topedge. Tight copy in Near Fine condition in a Very Good dustjacket with an archival cover. Image of the actual book; not a stcok photo.
Fine in Near Fine jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Signed by Author 123pp.; HB quarter-bound; beige&green w/gilt; bk. endpaper tanned; fine condition w/clean, tight pgs. DJ brwn. w/white, blk. &red; slight rub w/spine sunned. "Station Island is a book of extraordinary sweep, at once stern and enhanching, and will consolidate Seamus Heaney's achievement as a poet who has constantly "rent/the veil of the usual." " signed. dust jacket number on bk. cover: 0185/1145.
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