Door Into the Dark

Door Into the Dark Originally published in Seamus Heaney s Door into the Dark continues a furrow so startlingly opened in his first collection Death of a Naturalist With the sensuosness and physicality of la

  • Title: Door Into the Dark
  • Author: Seamus Heaney
  • ISBN: 9780571101269
  • Page: 316
  • Format: Paperback
  • Originally published in 1969, Seamus Heaney s Door into the Dark continues a furrow so startlingly opened in his first collection, Death of a Naturalist 1966 With the sensuosness and physicality of language that would become the hallmark of his early writing, these poems graphically depict the author s rural upbringing, from the local forge to the banks of Lough Neagh,Originally published in 1969, Seamus Heaney s Door into the Dark continues a furrow so startlingly opened in his first collection, Death of a Naturalist 1966 With the sensuosness and physicality of language that would become the hallmark of his early writing, these poems graphically depict the author s rural upbringing, from the local forge to the banks of Lough Neagh, concluding in the preserving waters of the bogland and a look ahead to his next book, Wintering Out 1972.

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    About “Seamus Heaney

    • Seamus Heaney

      Seamus Justin Heaney was an Irish poet, writer and lecturer from County Derry, Ireland He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995, for works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past Heaney on.



    171 thoughts on “Door Into the Dark

    • I love Heaney's poetry & this was good, but reading this much earlier volume immediately after "District & Circle" gives a very clear indication of just how much Heaney's poetry developed. The ease & clarity of the later work is outstanding. The earlier poetry shows greater visible effort in it's production, the vocabulary selection shows more complex selection & less flexibility, and there is less precision & clarity in those perfect images of the later work.They are still s [...]


    • A master of the art of writing poetry. If you are a poet and you haven't read Heaney then you should. If you like literature, then Heaney is a must read.


    • I've always had a soft spot for this book ever since i was given a week off homework as a teenager for being the only kid in my class who could successfully learn offThe Forgein one hour. Years later and I still feel aggrieved as I'm convinced, from watching films likeGood Will Hunting , that my teacher should have reacted stronger to my demonstration of greatness than simply making me stand up, blush, be subjected to crude comments from classmates about my outdated haircut and get a week off do [...]


    • I wish I could find Mr. Heaney, give him a rib-crushing hug, or pump his hand thoughtfully (he is Irish after all) and say, "You are a fine man, Mr. Heaney, for giving the immeasurable gift of your poetry to anyone who will read it." I can sit with any of the poems in this collection for a long long time. So much with so little. The depth he reaches with well-chosen images, with total grounding in place, makes my head spin, then calm; I feel in good hands with Seamus. I've not been to Ireland, y [...]


    • Heaney usa palabras rurales, breves, que conjuran experiencias familiares e intensas. Una de sus virtudes es ubicar su intuición poética en los bogs, los loughs, las nubes de insectos, las corrientes de aire que cruzan con indiferencia la salpicada geografía de una isla nombrada una sola vez. No soy imparcial con Heaney; pudo sacudirme mientras viajaba en un tren ruidoso con su "Elegy for a Still-born Child".


    • first poetry collection of the year!although not as stellar as Death of a Naturalist (but let's face it, what could it be?) this collection managed to surprise me enough to forget some of the most disconnected pieces in favour of some other trully touching ones. yet, i'm not very good assembling my thoughts when discussing poetry collections so i will only leave a collage-collected collection of quotes: p.s.i will say beware for those who might feel sensitive with topics dealing with miscarriage [...]


    • I like poetry, I subscribe to a monthly poetry magazine - predictably called Poetry - but I'm the first to admit I don't always get poetry and several of these did not either grab me or I did not understand them.There were some lines I liked but nothing that I could quote and there was no stand out poem that I can say that one is just great.An average volume of poetry is how I would describe it.


    • The highlight was definitely Elegy for a Still-Born Child: "For six months you stayed cartographer. Charting my friend from husband towards father."


    • This is a beautiful book. I enjoy Heaney's descriptions of Ireland's landscapes and people. I like his skilled and powerful use of language:DreamWith a billhookWhose head was hand-forged and heavyI was hacking a stalkThick as a telegraph pole.My sleeves were rolledAnd the air fanned cool past my armsAs I swung and buried the blade,Then laboured to work it unstuck.The next strokeFound a man’s head under the hook.Before I wokeI heard the steel stopIn the bone of the brow.---His poems beg to be r [...]


    • The poems in this volume continue to exhibit Heaney’s peerless use of mesmerizing language that captures extraordinary observations of the most ordinary functions of life in Ireland. Heaney sees into day-to-day occurrences and extracts something beautiful, something extraordinary. He examines the natural world with a sense of the past as forever illuminating a trail on the present. For Heaney, the past is tangible. It haunts and offers up its presence in the very beauty of the bog and marsh th [...]


    • It usually takes me a while to warm-up to a poet. This is my third book by Heaney, so I am feeling my way. Many of the poems do not mean much to me, either because their subject is not clear or I do not have the required knowledge for clarity. It is difficult to warm up to them, though there are none that I actually dislike. There are a very few in this collection that I think are just wonderful. It is hard to say how I will feel about this book after I read more of Heaney's work. I doubt I woul [...]


    • I loved Heaney's first collection, Death of a Naturalist. This, his second, came three years later, and is nearly as good. Heaney has a beautiful way of describing Irish life, in rhythm and with deeply dense language. The simple Irish life in not so simple ways, it's amazing how fresh Heaney can keep a look into the seemingly mundane.


    • After reading this and Death of a Naturalist, there is almost a compulsive need to visit the Heaney's Ireland to witness the bogs, and the water that must find every way into life. With each subsequent book I read, I find more confidence in the poet, and the larger wisdom he intends even with these very local poems.


    • What I love most about poetry is that the poet typically loves words and language so much that even English can seem a whole new language. Something new to fall in love with the sounds and images created.


    • Yeah, lovely, of course. Heaney can go two ways for me - beautiful, delicate, sensual insights on human behaviour and the loveliness of human minutiae, or slogging nature poetry. A bit too much of that damp nature writing in this little book for me, but moments of glory regardless.


    • Title taken from the first line of Seamus Heaney's poem The Forge, Door into the Dark is a wonderful book. This is a working man's poetry. All rust and blood and mother's tenderness.









    • Heaney excels at shaping language to the lumpy tactility of bogs, clay, swamps, the simple clods of earth that define the character of the Irish land.


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