Professor Seamus Heaney delivered his inaugural lecture on 24th October, 1989. The poet whom Professor Heaney chose to celebrate in his inaugural lecture was George Herbert. He described him as not just the epitome of English poetic virtue but the embodiment of certain qualities of phlegm, tolerance and equanimity which are usually ascribed to the ...
Professor Seamus Heaney delivered his inaugural lecture on 24th October, 1989. The poet whom Professor Heaney chose to celebrate in his inaugural lecture was George Herbert. He described him as not just the epitome of English poetic virtue but the embodiment of certain qualities of phlegm, tolerance and equanimity which are usually ascribed to the English themselves. Professor Heaney argues that poetry's present use is neither political nor futile. It offers instead a redress to our discontents and failures, not by lending rhetorical aid to particular causes, but by a symbolic resolution of insoluble problems.
Near fine in near fine jacket. 8vo. 212pp. Head of spine slightly pushed. Slight dent on top edge. Light crase mark at top of spine on dust jacket. Otherwise a fine copy. Flat signed by author on first blank page. Seamus Heaney (1939-2013) is widely recognized as one of the major poets of the 20th century. A native of Northern Ireland, he was the author of over 20 volumes of poetry and criticism, and edited several widely used anthologies. Richard Murphy, in the New York Times Review of Books, described Heaney as "the poet who has shown the finest art in presenting a coherent vision of Ireland, past and present." Among his honor, The Nobel Prize (1995) "for works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past." This volume explores a wide range of poetry, from John Clare through Elizabeth Bishop.
8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Signed by Author First US edition, first prnt. Signed by Heaney on the front free endpage. Dustjacket front panel bottom edge with half-inch closed tear. Fine condition in a Near Fine dustjacket with an archival cover. Actual image of the book; not a stock photo.
Very Good jacket. Hardcover SIGNED 212 pages. SIGNED BY AUTHOR on title page in black pen. Pages all near fine. White boards and black cloth spine with gilt lettering. Spine is very lightly toned at bottom and top edge. B/W pictorial dust jacket with photo of the poet on back. A few tiny fox spots, in acetate protector. Gold "Winner of the Novel Prize in Literature" on front.
Very Good jacket. Hardcover SIGNED 212 pages. SIGNED BY AUTHOR on title page in black pen. Pages are clean and bright. One small smudge on fore edge. White boards and black cloth spine with gilt lettering. Spine is very lightly toned at bottom and top edge. B/W pictorial dust jacket with photo of the poet on back. A few small spots on front, in acetate protector.
Publishers Weekly, 1995-10-30 The 10 essays on poetry collected here, adapted from lectures delivered at Oxford between 1989 and 1994, display much of the intellectual restlessness, linguistic wizardry and political conscience that have shaped Heaney's own poetry. His thesis is that poetry of the highest order must redress social imbalances, at once transfiguring the circumstances it observes and offering an unforeseen, more humane, aesthetic alternative. This is an abstract and rigorous idea, yet nonacademic readers will find much to savor as Heaney tests and refines his paradigm in light of a largely canonical selection of poets (most are from the British Isles). Ranging freely from a brief life of each poet to a close reading of a few poems by him or her, he addresses, for instance, how Elizabeth Bishop's ``One Art'' assuages the ``loss'' to which it alludes; how Christopher Marlowe's ``Hero and Leander'' ``extended the alphabet'' of Elizabethan sexual mores; and how 19th-century rustic poet John Clare achieved a truly lyrical local idiom at odds with official English. With their palpable evocation of the writing process and their disavowal of jargon and trendy political abstractions, these are exemplary essaysęand tell us much about the influences and obsessions of this year's Nobel laureate in literature. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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