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Electric Light : Poems

Electric Light : Poems - 01 edition

Electric Light : Poems - 01 edition

ISBN13: 9780374528416

ISBN10: 0374528411

Electric Light : Poems by Seamus Heaney - ISBN 9780374528416
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 01
Copyright: 2001
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Inc.
Published:
International: No
Electric Light : Poems by Seamus Heaney - ISBN 9780374528416

ISBN13: 9780374528416

ISBN10: 0374528411

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 01

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Summary

Seamus Heaney's collection travels widely in time and space, visiting the sites of the classical world and revisiting the poet's childhood: rural electrification and the light of ancient evenings are reconciled within the orbit of a single lifetime. This is a book about origins (not least, the origins of words) and oracles: the places where things start from, the ground of understanding -- whether in Arcadia or Anahorish, the sanctuary at Epidaurus or the Bann valley in County Derry.
Electric Light ranges from short takes to conversation poems. The pre-Socratic wisdom that everything flows is held in tension with the elegizing of friends and fellow poets. These gifts of recollection renew the poet's calling to assign things their proper names; once again Heaney can be heard exting his word hoard and roll call in this, his eleventh collection.