Seamus Heaney: A Handful of Late Poems (podcast)

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Seamus Heaney: A Handful of Late Poems Human Voices Wake Us

A reading of a handful of poems from the second half of Seamus Heaney's career. Aside from his book Seeing Things, his poetry doesn't seem nearly as powerful to me as his earlier work, and so it seemed best to sum up my favorite poems from his later life here.  The poems are:  Station Island (1984) The Railway Children Part VII from "Station Island" from The Spirit Level (1996) The Strand Postscript from District and Circle (2006) A Shiver Part 1 of "District and Circle" A Hagging Match from Human Chain (2010) from "Colum Cille Cecinit" from "Hermit Songs" And a final section from his translation of Beowulf You can buy the individual volumes, or find nearly all of these poems in the career-spanning 100 Poems. Any comments, or suggestions for readings I should make in later episodes, can be emailed to I assume that the small amount of work presented in each episode constitutes fair use. Publishers, authors, or other copyright holders who would prefer to not have their work presented here can also email me at, and I will remove the episode immediately. — Support this podcast:

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