Book Review: Death of a Naturalist by Seamus Heaney

Welcome to the second week of Reading Ireland Month! You can learn more about the event at 746 Books, and check out the rest of the Reading Ireland posts here.
So, a while back, I bought a copy of Poems: 1965-1975, a collection containing all of the poems from Seamus Heaney’s first four books. Or, so I thought. Once I got it home, I noticed this little note on the copyright page:

Seven poems that appeared in the original edition of Death of a Naturalist are not included in this volume.

I assumed that this must be the work of some nosy editor at FSG, but then I happened to come across this excerpt from one of Dennis O’Driscoll’s interviews with Heaney:

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Book Review: Rain by Don Paterson

I really wanted to like this book. Especially since I believed this author was going to turn out to be one of my favorite poets. I was taken in immediately by his technical brilliance, by the way he crafts his poems and makes these awe-inspiring, mind-bending little devices out of words. By the time I reached the end, though, I wasn’t quite as excited anymore.

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Rating Readings of “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”

Despite whatever I might have said about it in previous blog posts, I’ve taken quite a liking to T. S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” Things have changed and where I once saw a vague jumble of modernist ramblings, I now see a brilliant piece of verse. A big part of whatContinue reading “Rating Readings of “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock””

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Are Song Lyrics Poems?

Along with much of the rest of the world, I woke up Thursday morning to the news that Bob Dylan had been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” While I’m not sure if Dylan would have been my first choice for the award, IContinue reading “Are Song Lyrics Poems?”

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“Summer Storm” by Dana Gioia

Here in southern Louisiana, we’ve been experiencing blistering heat (85° on a good day), periodically interrupted by short but fierce thunderstorms. Naturally, I’ve been thinking of Dana Gioia’s poem “Summer Storm.” I only discovered Gioia recently, but I’m quickly falling in love with his work. Below is a video of Gioia reading the poem, whichContinue reading ““Summer Storm” by Dana Gioia”

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Bookish Links — April 2016

Since April is National Poetry Month, I decided that this post would focus solely on poetry-related links. But, because this month also saw the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death (and the 452nd anniversary of his birth, although no one knows exactly when it was), I threw in some Shakespeare links too. From Ciera Horton, here’sContinue reading “Bookish Links — April 2016”

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The Poetry Month Tag

In case you haven’t heard, April is National Poetry Month! I’m excited, of course, and even more so because several of my favorite bloggers have already done and are planning lots of poetry-related posts this month. One of those bloggers is “Hamlette” of The Edge of the Precipice, who made up this little tag asContinue reading “The Poetry Month Tag”

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Top Ten Tuesday: Valentine’s Day Edition

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. With Valentine’s Day coming up this Sunday, the girls at The Broke and the Bookish decided to make this week’s “Top Ten Tuesday” a Valentine’s Day-themed free-for-all. And since I’ve been looking for an opportunity to talk about poetry anyway, I decided toContinue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Valentine’s Day Edition”

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Five Authors Discovered in 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. 2015, I’m afraid, hasn’t been a banner year for reading in general, let alone reading new authors. I tend to stick to the tried and true, but I did manage to find some intriguing, new-to-me authors this year. These aren’t allContinue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Five Authors Discovered in 2015″

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Poems for the Newcomer

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s prompt is “Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught X 101 (examples: YA fantasy 101, feminist literature 101, magic in YA 101, classic YA lit 101, world-building 101).” Well, I’m not interested in YA,Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Poems for the Newcomer”

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Poem of the Week: “Adam’s Curse”

In honor of Yeats’s 150th birthday, which happens to be today: “Adam’s Curse” by William Butler Yeats We sat together at one summer’s end, That beautiful mild woman, your close friend, And you and I, and talked of poetry. I said, ‘A line will take us hours maybe; Yet if it does not seem aContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Adam’s Curse””

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Poem of the Week: “When You Are Old”

Big thanks are in order to Annie Hawthorne who directed me toward this huge collection of Yeats’s work. “When You Are Old” by William Butler Yeats When you are old and grey and full of sleep, And nodding by the fire, take down this book, And slowly read, and dream of the soft look YourContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “When You Are Old””

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