Seamus Heaney: Works


Poetry collections
  • Death of a Naturalist (London: Faber; NY: OUP 1966), 57pp. [ded. ‘for Marie’; see contents];
  • Door into the Dark (London: Faber; NY: OUP 1969), 56pp. [‘for my father and mother’; ult. poem “Bogland” ded. T. P. Flanagan];
  • A Boy Driving His Father to Confession (Farnham: Sceptre 1970), 7pp.;
  • Wintering Out (London: Faber; NY: OUP 1972), 80pp. [ded. ‘for David Hammond and Michael Longley’; see contents];
  • North (London: Faber & Faber 1975), 73pp., and Do . (NY: OUP 1976) [see contents];
  • Stations (Belfast: Ulster Publications 1975), 25pp. [70 Eglantine Ave., Belfast BT9 6DY];
  • Field Work (London: Faber; NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux 1979), 64pp. [27 poems incl. “Ugolino” after Dante; “Glanmore Sonnets”, and elegy for Robert Lowell];
  • Sweeney Astray: A Version from the Irish (Derry: Field Day 1983), x, 77pp. [‘This version of Buile Suibhne is based on J. G. O’Keeffe’s bilingual edition which was published by the Irish Texts Society in 1913’ - Introd.]; Do. (London: Faber & Faber; NY: Farrar Straus Giroux 1984), 85pp.
  • Among Schoolchildren: A Lecture Dedicated to the Memory of John Malone [In memory of John M. Malone, 2nd lect.] (Queen’s University, Belfast 1983), 17pp. [withdrawn after publication];
  • “An Open Letter” [Field Day Pamphlets, No.2] (Derry: Field Day Co. 1983), 14pp. [rep. in Roger McHugh, ed., Ireland’s Field Day, London: Hutchinson 1985, pp.23-29]; Heaney Seamus (1985 [1983]) - and var. “An Open Letter”, in Ireland’s Field Day, ed. by Field Day Theatre Company (London: Hutchinson 1985), pp.23-32.
  • Ugolino, with 2 lithographs by Louis le Brocquy (Dublin: Andrew Carpenter 1979), 17pp. [ltd. edn. of 125];
  • Seamus Heaney: Poems and a Memoir, selected and illustrated by Henry Pearson; with an introduction by Thomas Flanagan and a preface by Seamus Heaney. (NY: Limited Editions Club [1982]), xviii, 153pp., ill. + 1 pamphlet. [incls. issue of Monthly letter of the Limited Editions Club, ser. 46, vol. 7, no. 530, 1982; ltd. edn. of 2000 signed & numbered copies in slip case; contains early uncollected poems, and others from collections Death of a Naturalist to Field Work, and “Memoir”].
  • Station Island (London: Faber; NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux 1984), 123pp. [ded. ‘for Brian Friel’; see note on Haffenden corrected copy - infra; incorporates “Sweeney Redivivus” poems ser.];
  • Hailstones (Dublin: Gallery Press 1984), 24pp. [cased];
  • From the Republic of Conscience (Amnesty International 1985), 6pp., ill. John Behan [ltd. ed., of 2,000];
  • The Haw Lantern (London: Faber & Faber; NY:Farrar, Straus & Giroux 1987), 51pp. [ded. ‘for Bernard and Jane McCabe’; includes elegiac sequence “Clearances”, in memoriam M. K. H., 1911-1984 [his mother]; ltd. edn. of 250];
  • The Cure of Troy, after Sophocles’ Philoctetes (Derry: Field Day 1990 [signed ltd. edn. of 500] and Do. (London: Faber & Faber 1990), 91pp. [verse-drama; ‘in mem. Robert Fitzgerald, poet and translator’].
  • The Tree Clock (Belfast: Linen Hall Library 1990), 22 [4]pp. [ltd. ed. of 870; 120 signed by author; var. 750 copies];
  • Seeing Things (London: Faber & Faber 1991), 113pp. [ded. ‘For Derek Mahon’; see contents];
  • The Midnight Verdict (Oldcastle: Gallery 1994), 42pp. [translation of large parts of Merriman’s poem together with the story of Orpheus in Ovid’s Metamorphoses ; ltd. edn. of 1,000];
  • The Spirit Level (London: Faber & Faber 1996), 70pp. [ltd. signed edn. 350];
  • Beowulf [trans.] (London: Faber & Faber 1999), xxx, 106pp.;
  • Electic Light (London: Faber & Faber 2001), 96pp. [see contents]
  • Anything Can Happen: A Poem and Essay, with 24 Translations (Dublin: TownHouse [in assoc. with Art for Amnesty and Irish Translators’ and Interpreters’ Assoc.] 2004), 48pp. [‘What follows is a series of 23 translations [in various languages] of my adaptation of Horace’s Ode [1.34]’ (p.19)];
  • Columcille the Scribe [Special Edition] (RIA 2004), €650 [version of ‘sgith mo crob on scribinn’, on vellum with script derived from Cathach by Tim O’Neill];
  • Testament of Cresseid: A Retelling of Robert Henryson’s Poem (Enitharmon Edns. 2005), 42pp. [£175];
  • District and Circle (London: Faber & Faber 2006), 80pp. [ded. to Ann Saddlemeyer, and incl. poems ded to Hughie O’Donoghue, Ted Hughes, Czeslaw Milosz; see contents];
  • The Riverbank Field (Oldcastle: Gallery Press 2008), ill. [paintings by Martin Gale];
  • The Human Chain (Oldcastle: Gallery Press 2010), 85pp.
See also The four elements: poems by Seamus Heaney, Laurie Lee, Jenny Joseph and Lawrence Sail ill. [wood-engravings by John O’Connor] [Friends of the Cheltenham Festival of Literature] (Cheltenham: Whittington Press 1990), 4 broadsheets, in folder, 40cm.; ltd. edn. of 125 copies on mould-made paper signed by the authors; copy in UL].
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Pamphlets and special editions incl. Glanmore Sonnets with abstract paintings by Cecil King (Germany: Edition Monika Beck 1977) [50 copies signed by both]; Hedge School: Sonnets from Glanmore, with colour woodcuts by Claire Van Vliet (Newark Vermont: . Janus Press q.d.), 275 copies signed by both - displayed at an exhibition focused on Glanmore in 2017 held in the HomePlace in 2017.])

Selected & Collected Poems
  • Selected Poems 1965-1975 (London: Faber; NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux 1980) [foreword by Ted Hughes];
  • New Selected Poems 1966-87 (London: Faber & Faber 1990), 241pp;
  • Opened Ground: Poems 1966-1996 (London: Faber & Faber 1998), 478pp. [ded. ‘for Marie’; contains a selection of 200 poems in chronological order from the collections, together with Nobel Award address “Crediting Poetry” - available on YouTube - online].
  • New Selected Poems 1988-2013 (London: Faber & Faber 2014), q.pp.
  • with Stanislaw Baranczak, trans. Laments, by Jan Kochanowski, with a foreword by Heaney (London: Faber & Faber 1995), xvii, 53pp., and Do., revised, with a new preface by Seamus Heaney (Oldcastle: Gallery Press 2009), 79pp. [parallel texts; "Polish text edited by Roman Mazurkiewicz];
  • trans., Beowulf (London: Faber & Faber 1999), xxx, 106pp.;
  • “The Two Mice: A Fable by Robert Henryson, translated from the fifteenth-century Scots”, in Before America - Irish and American Writing: Essays in Honour of Michael Allen, ed. Fran Brearton & Eamonn Hughes, Belfast: Blackstaff Press 2001, pp.28-35.
  • with Stanislaw Baranczak, trans. Laments, by Jan Kochanowski, with a foreword by Heaney (Oldcastle: Gallery Press 2009), 79pp.

Note: Translations from Irish by Heaney are included in Gregory A. Schirmer, ed., After the Irish: An Anthology of Poetic Translation (Cork UP 2009), 500pp.

Contributions (sel.)
  • Room to Rhyme: an anthology of poems by Seamus Heaney and Michael Longley and of Ballads Collected by David Hammond (Belfast: Arts Council of Northern Ireland [1968]) [q.pp.].
  • Jeremy Robson, ed., Modern Poets in Focus, 2 (London: Woburn Press 1973), 144pp. [with Wilfred Owen, Thomas Blackburn, Philip Larkin, William Meredith, Keith Douglas]. 
  • Geoffrey Summerfield, ed., Worlds: Seven Modern Poets: Charles Causley, Thom Gunn, Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, Norman MacCaig, Adrian Mitchell, Edwin Morgan [Penguin poets, 569] (Harmondsworth: Penguin Books 1974), 288pp.
  • Maurice Harmon, ed., Irish Poetry After Yeats: Seven Poets (Dublin: Wolfhound Press 1979), 231pp. [incls. poems by Austin Clarke, Patrick Kavanagh, Denis Devlin, Richard Murphy, Thomas , John Montague, and Heaney].
  • An Upstairs Outlook: An Evening of Poetry by Seamus Heaney and Michael Longley, Thursday 4th May 1989, at the Elmwood Hall ... ([Belfast]: Linen Hall Library Development Campaign [1989]), [8]pp.
  • The Word Bites like a Fish: Seamus Heaney, Tony Harrison, Harold Pinter, Jill Balcon & Vanessa Redgrave, Tuesday 18 May 2004, Queen Elizabeth Hall. ([Eastbourne]: Stephen Spender Memorial Trust 2004]), [8]pp., ports [30cm.; programme of readings].
Heaney’s contributions to The Honest Ulsterman, ed. James Simmons:
“Bachelor Deceased, In Memoriam Pat McGuckin”, No. 2. p.5; “The Thatcher”, No. 6, p.3; “Writer at Work”, No. 8, p.13; “The Forge”, No. 8, p.14; “In an Airport Coach”, No. 13, p.16; Offerings, i.m. Patrick Rooney, No. 19, p.4-6 (I) “Turnip Man”; (ii) “High Street”; (iii) “From Cave Hill”; (iv) “September Song”; Two Poems, “High Summer”, and “Polder”, No. 60, p.9; from Clearances, No. 80, p.3; “The Old Team” No. 80, p.5; “Boy Driving His Father to Confession”, No. 97, p.19. [See Tom Clyde, Index to The Honest Ulsterman, 1995.]
  • Seamus Heaney and Tom Paulin [A Faber poetry cassette] (London: Faber & Faber 1983), 1 audio-cassette (60 min.; mono) + booklet, 28pp.
  • An Introduction to Irish Poetry: A Selection of Poetry from Earliest Times to the Present: with poems by Seamus Heaney, Brendan Kennelly, W. B. Yeats, Frank O’Connor [trans], Paul Durcan, and others, ed. & sel. by Seán Dunne (Cork: Bookmark 1991), 67pp. [audio-cassette & notes].
  • Electric Light [Faber/Penguin Audiobooks] (London: Penguin, 2001), 2 tapes, 90 mins.
  • Collected Poems (RTE/Lannan 2009), 15 CDs., and also as MP3, with booklet incl; intro; by Peter Sirr [see contents].

See also Seamus Heaney, Felim Egan: Towards a Collaboration([Fermanagh District Council] 1986), [4]p., ill.

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Bibliographical details
Death of a Naturalist (London: Faber & Faber 1966), 57pp. [ded. Marie] [9] [Contents [9-10]; Acknowl. [11]; Digging [13]; Death of a Naturalist [15]; The Barn [17]; An Advancement of Learning [18]; Blackberry-Picking [20]; ]; Churning Day [21]; The Early Purges [23]; Follower [24]; Ancestral Photograph [26]; Mid-Term Break [28]; Dawn Shoot [29]; At a Potato Digging [31]; For the Commander of the ‘Eliza’ [34]; The Diviner [36 Turkeys Observed [37]; Cow in Calf [38 Trout [39]; Waterfall [40 Docker [41]; Poor Women in a City Church [42 Gravities [43]; Twice Shy [44 Valediction [46 Lovers on Aran [47]; Poem [48]; Honeymoon Flight [49 Scaffolding [So]; Storm on the Island [5 1]; Synge on Aran [52]; Saint Francis and the Birds [53 In Small Townlands [54]; The Folk Singers [55]; The Play Way [56]; Personal Helicon [57].

Wintering Out (London: Faber & Faber 1972) [80pp. PART ONE: Fodder [13]; Bog Oak [14]; Anahorish [16]; Servant Boy [17]; The Last Mummer [18]; Land [21]; Gifts of Rain [23]; Toome [26]; Broagh [27]; Oracle [28]; The Backward Look [29]; Traditions [31]; A New Song [33]; The Other Side [34]; The Wool Trade [37]; Linen Town [38]; A Northern Hoard [39 [1. Roots [39]; 2. No Man’s Land [40]; 3. Stump [41]; 4. No Sanctuary [42]; 5. Tinder [43]]; Midnight [45]; The Tollund Man [47]; Nerthus [49]; Cairn-maker [50]; Navvy [51]; Veteran’s Dream [52]; Augury [53. PART TWO: Wedding Day [57]; Mother of the Groom [58]; Summer Home [59]; Serenades [62]; Somnambulist [63]; A Winter’s Tale [64]; Shore Woman [66]; Maighdean Mara [68]; Limbo [70]; Bye-Child [71]; Good-night [73]; First Calf [74]; May [75]; Fireside [76]; Dawn [77]; Travel [78]; Westering [79].

North (London: Faber & Faber 1975), 73pp.; Acknowledgements [7]; Mossbawn: Two Poems in Dedication for Mary Heaney, 1. Sunlight [8]; 2. The Seed Cutters [10]; PART I: Antaeus [12]; Belderg [13]; Funeral Rites [15]; North [19]; Viking Dublin: Trial Pieces [21]; The Digging Skeleton [25]; Bone Dreams [27]; Come to the Bower [31]; Bog Queen [32]; The Grauballe Man [35]; Punishment [37]; Strange Fruit [39]; Kinship [40]; Ocean’s Love to Ireland [46]; Aisling [48]; Act of Union [49]; The Betrothal of Cavehill [51]; Hercules and Antæus [52]; PART II: The Unacknowledged Legislator’s Dream [56]; Whatever You Say Say Nothing [57]; Freedman [61]; Singing School [title & Yeatsian epigraph; 62] 1. The Ministry of Fear [63]; 2. A Constable Calls [66]; 3. Orange Drums [Tyrone [1966 [68]; 4. Summer 1969 [69]; 5. Fosterage [71]; 6. Exposure [72].

In Their Element: Seamus Heaney and Derek Mahon (NI Arts Council 1977), pamphlet [18pp.]; contains poems by Heaney and Mahon [q.v., & see under Works, infra]: Death of a Naturalist; Follower; The Others Side; The Tollund Man; Summer Home; Mossbawn: Two Poems in Dedication [for Mary Heaney]; Bogland [for T. P. Flanagan]; Strange Fruit; Exposure; The Otter; The Badgers; and poems by Mahon [as infra]. [The poems were read at Belfast; Irvinestown; Omagh; Londonderry; Magherafelt; Banbridge; Ballycastle, 23-19 May.] ..; in progress [BS]

Seeing Things (London: Faber & Faber 1991), 113pp. CONTENTS: The Golden Bough; PART I; The Journey Back [7]; Markings [8]; Three Drawings: I. The Point [10], 2. The Pulse [11], 3. A Haul [12], Casting and Gathering [13]; Man and Boy [14]; Seeing Things [16]; The Ash Plant [19]; I. I. 87 [20]; An August Night [21]; Field of Vision [22]; The Pitchfork [23]; A Basket of Chestnuts [24]; The Biretta [26]; The Settle Bed [28]; The Schoolbag [30]; Glanmore Revisited: 1. Scrabble [31], 2. The Cot [32], 3. Scene Shifts [33], 4. I973 [34], 5 Lustral Sonnet [35], 6 Bedside Reading [36], 7 The Skylight [37]; A Pillowed Head [38]; A Royal Prospect [40]; A Retrospect [42]; The Rescue [45]; Wheels within Wheels [46]; The Sounds of Rain [48]; Fosterling [50]; PART II SQUARINGS: 1. Lightenings [i-xii; 53], 2. Settings [67], 3. Crossings [81; -xxxvi], 4. Squarings [95; xxxvii-]; The Crossing [111].

Electric Light (London: Faber & Faber; NY: Farar, Straus & Giroux 2001), 96pp. CONTENTS: Contents: I - At Toomebridge [3]; Perch [4]; Lupins [5]; Out of the Bag [6]; Bann Valley Eclogue (epig. Sicelides Musae, paulo maiora canamus -Virgil, Eclogue IV) [12]; Montana [14]; The Loose Box (15]; Turpin Song [19]; The Border Campaign, for Nadine Gordimer [21]; Known World [22]; The Little Canticles of Asturias [28]; Ballynahinch Lake [30]; The Clothes Shrine [32]; Red, White and Blue [33]; Virgil: Eclogue IX [38]; Glanmore Eclogue [42]; Sonnets from Hellas - 1. Into Arcadia [45]; 2. Conkers [46]; 3. Pylos [47]; 4. The Augean Stables [48]; 5. Castalian Spring [49]; 6. Desfina [50]; The Gaeltacht [51]; The Real Names [52]; The Bookcase [60]; Vitruviana [63]; Ten Glosses [65]; The Fragment (70]. II - On His Work in the English Tongue [73]; Audenesque [77]; To the Shade of Zbigniew Herbert [81]; ‘Would They Had Stay’d’ [82]; Late in the Day [85]; Arion [87]; Bodies and Souls [88]; Clonmany to Ahascragh [90]; Sruth [92]; Seeing the Sick [94]; Electric Light [96]. (Given in part at KCRW - online; accessed 22.05.2014; see also Google Books - online.)

District and Circle (London: Faber & Faber 2006), 76pp. CONTENTS: Turnip-snedder; Shiver; Polish Sleepers; Anahorish; To Mick Joyce in Heaven; Aerodrome; Anything Can Happen; Helmet; Out of Shot; Rilke: After the Fire; District and Circle; To George Seferis in the underworld; Wordsworth’s skates; Harrow-pin; Poet to blacksmith; Midnight anvil; Sugan; Senior infants; 1: Sally Rod; 2: Chow; 3: One Christmas Day in the Morning; Nod; Clip; Edward Thomas on the Lagans Road; Found Prose; 1: Lagans Road; 2: Tall Dames; 3: Boarders; Lift; Nonce Words; Stern; Out of this World; 1: Like Everybody Else; 2: Brancardier; 3: Saw Music; In Iowa; Höfn; On the Spot; Tollund Man in Springtime; Moyulla; Planting the Alder; Tate’s Avenue; Hagging Match; Fiddleheads; To Pablo Neruda in Tamlaghtduff; Home Help; 1: Helping Sarah; 2: Chairing Mary; Rilke: Apple Orchard; Quitting Time; Home Fires; 1: Scuttle for Dorothy Wordsworth; 2: Stove Lid for WH Auden; Birch Gove; Cavafy: The Rest I’ll Speak of to the Ones Below in Hades’; In a Loaning; Blackbird of Glanmore.

John Haffenden Papers at Leeds University incl. an incomplete typescript of Heaney’s interview with Haffenden in January 1979 concerning Heaney’s life and poetry with the latter’s autograph manuscript revisions; (2) A copy of “Station Island” (1984) with the author’s autograph manuscript revisions to the text, signed and dated “September 13 1990”.

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Critical collections
  • Preoccupations: Selected Prose 1968-78 (London: Faber; Farrar, Straus & Giroux 1980), 224pp. [see contents];
  • The Government of the Tongue: The 1986 T. S. Eliot Memorial Lectures & Other Critical Writings (London: Faber & Faber; NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux 1988) [see contents];
  • The Place of Writing, intro. Ronald Schuchard (Georgia: Scholars Press 1989), 73pp. [Intro. 3-16];
  • The Redress of Poetry: Oxford Lectures (London: Faber & Faber 1995; NY: Farrar, Straus & Giraud 1995), 211pp. [[Ded. for Bernard O’Donoghue; see contents];
  • Crediting Poetry [The Nobel Lecture] (Oldcastle: Gallery 1996);
  • Finders Keepers: Selected Prose 1971-2000 (London: Faber & Faber 2002), 416pp. [see contents].
  • Dennis O’Driscoll, Stepping Stones: Interviews with Seamus Heaney (London: Faber 2008), xxxii, 524pp. [see contents].
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Articles & Essays
  • ‘The Poetry of John Hewitt’, in Threshold, 22 (Summer 1969);
  • The Fire in the Flint: Reflections on the Poetry of Gerald Manley Hopkins [Huddleston Lecture on English Poetry 1974] (OUP 1975);
  • ‘The Poetry of Patrick Kavanagh, From Monaghan to the Grand Canal’, in Two Decades of Irish Writing, ed. Douglas Dunn (Cheshire: Carcanet 1975), pp.105-17;
  • with Alan Brownjohn & Jon Stallworthy, [eds.,] The Makings of a Music : Reflections on the Poetry of Wordsworth and Yeats (Liverpool UP 1978), 18pp.;
  • [ed.,] New Poems: Anthology of Contemporary Poetry (London: Hutchinson 1971);
  • ‘The Interesting Case of John Alphonsus Mulrennan’, in Planet 41 (1978), pp.34-37;
  • ‘A Tale of Two Islands: Reflections on The Irish Literary Revival’, in P. J. D. Drudy, ed., Irish Studies, I (Cambridge UP 1980), pp.1-20;
  • ‘Yeats as an Example?’, in A Norman Jeffares, ed., Yeats, Sligo and Ireland [Irish Literary Studies 6] (Colin Smythe 1980), pp.56-72;
  • ed., with Ted Hughes, Arvon Foundation Poetry Competition 1980 (Tordmorden 1982), 173pp.;
  • “Sweeney Astray” [poem], and “The Poet and the Troubles” [prose] in Threshold, 32 [spec. iss. ed. Seamus Deane] (Winter 1982), p.35, pp.67-77;
  • Place and Displacement: Recent Poetry of Northern Ireland (Grasmere: Trustee of Dove Cottage 1985) [var. 1984], and Do., [rep.] in Andrews, ed., Contemporary Irish Poetry: A Collection of Critical Essays (London: Macmillan 1996), pp.124-44;
  • ‘An Open Letter’, in Field Day Company, Ireland’s Field Day (London: Hutchinson 1985), pp.23[21]-30;
  • ‘Envies and Identifications: Dante and the Modern Poet’, in Irish University Review, 15, 1 (1985), pp.15-19;
  • ‘Correspondences: Emigrants and Inner Exiles’, in Migration: The Irish at Home and Abroad, ed. Richard Kearney (Dublin: Wolfhound Press 1989), pp.21-31;
  • Heaney, Seamus. “Earning a Rhyme.” Poetry Ireland Review, 25 [ed. John Ennis] (Spring 1989), pp.96-100;
  • Foreword to A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman, ed. John Quinn (RTE 1986; Mandarin 1990) [q.pp.];
  • ‘William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)’ in Seamus Deane, gen. ed., The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing (Derry 1991), Vol. II, pp.783-90;
  • Sweeney’s Flight [based on revised text of ‘Sweeney Astray’], photographs by Rachel Gie (London: Faber & Faber 1992), 117pp., ill.;
  • Ireland: The Living Landscape (West Cork: Roberts Rinehart 1992), 167pp. [poems by Heaney; photos by Tom Kelly; text by Peter Somerville-Large ;
  • Joy at Twilight [var. Joy or Night], Last Things in the Poetry of W. B. Yeats and Philip Larkin [W. D. Thomas Memorial Lecture] (Swansea UP 1993);
  • ‘Meaning Business 1970-79’, in Watching the River Flow: A Century of Irish Poetry, ed. Noel Duffy & Theo Dorgan (Dublin: Poetry Ireland Review/Éigse Eireann 1999), pp.159-81.
  • ‘For Liberation: Brian Friel and the Use of Memory’ in Alan Peacock, ed., The Achievement of Brian Friel (1993), cp.240; ‘The Sense of the Past’, in History Ireland 1, 4 (Winter 1993), pp.33-37;
  • ‘The Frontiers of Writing’, in Bullán: An Irish Studies Journal, 1, 1 (Spring 1994), pp.1-16;
  • Intro. to Conor Fallon (Dublin: Gandon 1995), 40pp.;
  • Trans., with Stanislaw Baranczak, Laments by Jan Kochanowski (London: Faber & Faber 1995), 53pp. [three of which earlier appeared in Graph 2. 1 (Cork UP 1995);
  • ‘Crediting Poetry’, The Nobel Lecture, printed in The New Republic (25 Dec. 1995), pp.25-34;
  • [Lecture on Brian Merriman], rep. in Southern Review ‘Special Irish Issue’, 31, 2 (1996) [the final item];
  • [Essay,] in Robert Crawford, ed., Robert Burns and Cultural Authority (Edinburgh UP 1997) [q.pp.];
  • ‘Time and Time Again: Poetry and the Millenium’, in The European English Messenger, X, 2 (Autumn 2001), pp.19-23;
  • ‘The Trance and the Translation’ [on Sorley MacLean], in The Guardian (30 Nov. 2002) [edited version of an address given at Edinburgh Festival, 2002; see extracts];
  • The Cure at Troy : Production Notes in No Particular Order’, in Marianne McDonald, & J. Michael Walton, eds., Amid Our Troubles: Irish Versions of Greek Tragedy (London: Methuen 2002), pp.171-80;
  • ‘In the Light of the Imagination’ [on meeting Patrick Kavanagh], in The Irish Times (21 Oct. 2004) [Arts feature; see under Kavanagh, Commentary > infra];
  • ‘Strangeness and beauty: Seamus Heaney salutes a new collection of Patrick Kavanagh’s poetry’, in The Guardian (1 Jan 2005) [see under Kavanagh, Commentary > infra];
  • Anything Can Happen: after Horace, intro. Bill Shipsey [Art for Amnesty] (Dublin: TownHouse 2004), 48pp., with trans. into Irish, Xhosa, Afrikaans, Basha, Dutch, Hebrew, Arabic, Serbian, Bosnian, German, Russian, Chinese, Tibetan, Japanese, Malay, French, Swahili, Spanish, Basque, Hindi, Urdu, Turkish, Greek. Response to 9/11].
  • ‘Holding Patterns: Arts, Letters and the Academy’, in Articulations: Poetry, Philosophy and the Shaping of Culture: Seamus Heaney, Royal Irish Academy Cunningham Medal, 28th January 2008 ([Dublin]: RIA 2008), 43pp., col. ill. [30cm; ltd. edn. of 500 copies - see contents].
  • Spelling it Out (Oldcastle: Gallery Press 2009), 20pp.
Prefaces & introductions, &c.
  • Intro. to Collected Short Stories of Michael McLaverty (Dublin: Poolbeg 1978), pp.7-9.
  • Intro. to David Hammond, ed., A Centenary Selection of Moore’s Melodies (Skerries: Gilbert Dalton 1979), 64pp. [melodies only].
  • Foreword to Joseph Dunne & James Kelly, eds., Childhood and its Discontents the first Seamus Heaney Lectures [St. Patrick’s College/NUI] (Dublin: Liffey Press 2003).
  • Preface to Thomas Flanagan [‘essay’], There You Are: Writings on Irish and American Literature and History, ed. & intro. by Christopher Cahill (NY: Review Books/Granta 2005).
  • Preface to Penguin Book of Irish Poetry, ed. Patrick Crotty (Penguin 2010), q.pp.
  • ‘Bourke’s Mark’, in Brian Bourke: Five Decades 1960s-2000s, ed. Charlie McBride; foreword by Patrick T. Murphy (Dublin: Lilliput Press 2010), 319pp. 

See also Mary Shine Thompson, ed., The Fire i’ the Flint: Essays on the Creative Imagination (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2008), 224pp., ill. [artists & scientists incl. Seamus Heaney on Patrick Kavanagh].

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Bibliographical details
Preoccupations: Selected Prose 1968-1978 (London: Faber; Farrar, Straus & Giroux 1980), 224pp. CONTENTS: Acknowledgements [11]; Foreword [13]. I: Mossbawn [17]; Belfast [28]. II: Feeling into Words [41]; The Makings of a Music: Reflections on Wordsworth and Yeats [61]; The Fire i’ the Flint: Reflections on the Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins [79]; Yeats as an Example? [98]; From Monaghan to the Grand Canal: The Poetry of Patrick Kavanagh [115]; The Sense of Place [131]; Englands of the Mind [150]. III In the Country of Convention: English Pastoral Verse [173]; The God in the Tree: Early Irish Nature Poetry [181]; Canticles to the Earth: Theodore Roethke [190]; Tradition and an Individual Talent: Hugh MacDiarmid [195]. A Memorable Voice: Stevie Smith [199]; The Labourer and the Lord: Francis Ledwidge and Lord Dunsany [202]; The Poetry of John Hewitt [207]; The Mixed Marriage: Paul Muldoon [211]; Digging Deeper: Brian Friel’s Volunteers [214]; Faith, Hope and Poetry: Osip Mandelstam [217]; Full Face: Robert Lowell [221].

The Government of the Tongue [The 1986 T. S. Eliot Memorial Lectures and Other Critical Writings] (London & Boston: Faber & Faber 1988), 172pp., ded. Charles Monteith. Acknowledgements [ix]; The Interesting Case of Nero, Chekhov’s Cognac and a Knocker [xi]. I: The Placeless Heaven: Another Look at Kavanagh [3]; The Main of Light [15]; The Murmur of Malvern [23]; The Poems of the Dispossessed Repossessed [30]; The Impact of Translation [36]; The Fully Exposed Poem [45]; Atlas of Civilization [54]; Osip and Nadezhda Mandelstam. II: The Government of the Tongue [91]; Sounding Auden [109]; Lowell’s Command [129]; The Indefatigable Hoof-taps: Sylvia Plath [148]. Publishers’ Acknowledgements 171. [Bibl. lists The Placeless Heaven, Kavanagh’s Yearly, Carrickmacross, Nov. 1985, rep. in Massachusetts Review ; Poems of the Dispossessed .. &c., review in Sunday Tribu[n]e; The Main of Light, in Larkin at Sixty (London: Faber & Faber 1982); Lowell’s Command, in Salmagundi, … &c.

The Redress of Poetry (London: Faber & Faber 1995), 213pp. [Oxford Poetry lectures, ten out of fifteen, excl. separate lectures on Robert Frost (previously printed in Salmagundi ), and one on ‘Louis MacNeice’, subsumed in another; omitting also a lecture on younger Irish poets]. CONTENTS: ‘The Redress of Poetry’ (given 24 Oct. 1989) [1]; ‘Extending the Alphabet: On Christopher Marlowe’s “Hero and Leander” [given 19 Nov. 1991) [17]; ‘Orpheus in Ireland: On Brian Merriman’s The Midnight Court’ (given 23 Oct. 1993) [38]; John Clare’s Prog (given 20 Oct. 1992) [63]; Speranza in Reading: On “The Ballad of Reading Gaol” (given 26 Oct. 1993) [83]; A Torchlight Procession of One: On Hugh McDiarmid (given 22 Oct. 1992) [103]; Dylan the Durable? On Dylan Thomas (given 21 Nov. 1991) [124]; Joy or Night: Last Things in the Poetry of W. B. Yeats and Philip Larkin (given 30 April 1990) [146]; Counting to a Hundred: On Elizabeth Bishop (given 2 Dec. 1992) [164]; Frontiers of Writing (given 23 Nov. 1993) [186]; Notes [204]; Publisher’s Acknowledgements [213].

Stepping Stones: Interviews with Seamus Heaney, by Dennis O’Driscoll (London: Faber 2008), xxxii, 524pp. CONTENTS: Introduction [vii]; Acknowledgements [xv]; Glossary [xvii]; Chronology [xxi]; Maps [xxxi]; From home to school [3]; Growing into poetry [34]; “The hazel stirred”: Death of a Naturalist [61]; “Inwards and downwards”: Door into the Dark [88]; “Vowels and history” [121]: Wintering Out; “The bleb of the icicle”: North [156]; “The life we’re shown”: Field Work [191]; “To the edge of the water”: Station Island [232]; “The books stood open and the gates unbarred”: Harvard [265]; “A river in the trees”: The Haw Lantern [285]; “Time to be dazzled”: Seeing Things [317]; “Keeping going”: The Spirit Level [345]; “So deeper into it”: Electric Light, District and Circle [375]; “In a Wooden O”: Field Day, Oxford Professor of Poetry, Tanslation [414]; “An ear to the line”: Writing and Reading [444].

Articulations: Poetry, Philosophy and the Shaping of Culture: Seamus Heaney, Royal Irish Academy Cunningham Medal, 28th January 2008 ([Dublin]: RIA 2008), 43pp., col. ill. [30cm; ltd. edn. of 500 copies - see contents]; incls. Persons to whom the Cunningham medal has been awarded; The Cunningham medal, the Royal Irish Academy’s most prestigious award; Paul Muldoon, “A Grand Tour”; Jane Conroy, Citation for Dr Seamus Heaney; Heaney, “Holding patterns: arts, letters and the Academy” [acceptance speech]; Patrick Masterson, Cultural diversity and human solidarity; Summary; Bibliography. Note: Heaney’s speech following his acceptance of the medal included reflections on the ways in which the humanities inform consciousness and equip people as creatures of memory and reflection; how they supply a basis for the location and different orientation of the self in the world. Also incls. the Citation made by Jane Conroy, a commissioned poem by Muldoon commissioned in honor of Dr. Heaney, and the text of a discourse by Patrick Masterson; bbl. refs. [See COPAC - online.]

Finders Keepers: Selected Prose, 1971-2002 (London: Faber & Faber 2002), 416pp. [For Dennis O’Driscoll and Julie O’Callaghan]. CONTENTS: Preface [ix]. PART 1: Mossbawn [3]; from Feeling into Words [14]; Learning from Eliot [26]; Belfast [39]; Cessation 1994 [45]; Earning a Rhyme [48]; Something to Write Home About [56]; On Poetry and Professing [67]. PART II: Englands of the Mind [77]; Yeats as an Example? [96]; Place and Displacement: Recent Poetry from Northern Ireland [112]; The Placeless Heaven: Another Look at Kavanagh [134]; The Main of Light [145]; Atlas of Civilization [153]; from Envies and Identifications: Dante and the Modern Poet [168]; from The Government of the Tongue [180]; from Sounding Auden [191]; Lowell’s Command [201]; from The Indefatigable Hoof-taps: Sylvia Plath [218]; from The Place of Writing - 1.) W. B. Yeats and Thoor Ballylee [232], 2.) Thomas [239]; Edwin Muir [246]; from The Redress of Poetry [257]; from Extending the Alphabet: Christopher Marlowe [262]; John Clare’s Prog [275]; A Torchlight Procession of One: Hugh MacDiarmid [293]; from Dylan the Durable? On Dylan Thomas 312]; Joy or Night: Last Things in the Poetry of W. B. Yeats and Philip Larkin [316]; from Counting to a Hundred: Elizabeth Bishop [332]; Burns’s Art Speech [347]; Through-Other Places, Through-Other Times: The Irish Poet and Britain [364]. PART III: Stevie Smith’s Collected Poems [385]; Joyce’s Poetry [388]; Italo Calvino’s Mr Palomar [391]; Paul Muldoon’s The Annals of Chile [395]; Norman MacCaig [399]; Joseph Brodsky 1940-1996 [403]; On Ted Hughes’s “Littleblood” [407]; Secular and Millennial Milosz [410]. [Italics as on Contents pages.] (See extract from Preface under Quotations, infra.)

Occasional publications [sel.]: ““Keeping Going, for H.H.”; “At Banagher”; “Saint Kevin and the Blackbird”; “Two Lorries” [poems], in Fortnight, 344 (Nov. 1995), pp.26-27; ‘A wounded Power Rises from the Depths’, review of Ted Hughes, Birthday Letters (1998)], Irish Times (Weekend Review, 31 Jan. 1998); a translation from Beowulf [Faber & Faber 1999], ll.2241-70, in Times Literary Supplement (14 Nov. 1998); contrib. to Liam Neeson, intro., Mother [UNICEF] (Dublin: O’Brien Press 1999) [with Mo Mowlam, Jean Kennedy Smith, John Rocha, Graham North, and Bertie Ahern];‘Viewing the Century’, Lecture on Poetry, BBC3, printed as ‘The peace of the Word’ (Sunday Times, 17 Jan. 1999) [...].

The Sense of Place [printings]: ‘The Sense of Place’ [1977], in Preoccupations (1980), pp.131-49; also as Foreword to Tony Canavan, Every Stoney Acre [q.d.]; also in Patricia Craig, ed., The Rattle of the North (1992); see also as ‘The Sense of the Past’, in Ulster Local Studies, ix (1985), pp.109-15 [cited in Kevin Whelan, ‘The Basis of Regionalism’, in Prionsias Ó Drisceoil, ed., Culture in Ireland, Regions, Identity and Power (QUB: Irish Studies Inst. 1993), p.100].


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