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Seamus Heaney: Opened Ground: Poems 1966-1996

Seamus Heaney: Opened Ground: Poems 1966–1996


The death of Seamus Heaney earlier this year was a bitter blow for contemporary poetry.

The Nobel laureate had entranced readers for decades with his humane, lyrical poems, rooted in the soil, stories and unruly politics of his native Northern Ireland, and exalting in the commonplace beauty and wonder that he saw in the world around him.

Whether you're unfamiliar with his work and looking for a place to begin, or a devotee keen to refresh your memory, begin with Opened Ground: as close to a collected edition of his poems as has yet been published. Pure pleasure, from the first verse.


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