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Death of a Naturalist

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Death of a Naturalist




For the fortieth anniversary of its publication, in May 2006, Faber are reissuing Seamus Heaney’s classic first collection, Death of a Naturalist, which on its appearance in 1966 won the Cholmondeley Award, the E.C. Gregory Award, the Somerset Maugham Award and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize.’His words give us the soil-reek of Ireland, the colourful violence of his childhood on a farm in Derry. The full-blooded energy of these poems makes Death of a Naturalist the best first book of poems I’ve read for some time.’ – C.B., Cox in the Spectator ‘The power and precision of his best poems are a delight, and as a first collection Death of a Naturalist is outstanding […] His subject is those things which are inherent or inherited. What he praises is to be praised in his own work.’ – Christopher Ricks, New Statesman’Now, to pry into roots, to finger slime, To stare big-eyed Narcissus, into some springIs beneath all adult dignity. I rhymeTo see myself, to set the darkness echoing.’