District and Circle

(Poetry; Faber & Faber, 2006; Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2007)


The title of Seamus Heaney’s eleventh volume of poetry refers to two underground lines in London, the Green and the Yellow on the famous Tube map, well-traversed, looping paths around the capitol. But District and Circle is another departure for Heaney, whose interest in refiguring language reflects the ideological progress of a life. More than ten years after winning the Nobel Prize in Literature, Heaney keeps on innovating, working with the physicality of verse he began to pioneer more than forty years ago.

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