The Spirit Level by Seamus Heaney
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After Heaney won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995, it was over a year until the publication and subsequent reveal of the poet's latest work, here in The Spirit Level. Like the architect in his poem "fasted on the doorstep of his gift," the collection reveals a poet still "exacting more" from the practice of poetry even past awards and recognition. In an alchemy of established mastery and the bright pursuit for new means of expression, The Spirit Level makes a horizon of ascension; bringing Apollo in line with the contemporary human conditions of family, politics, and elegy, marking another phase of Heaney's lasting patrimony.
Winner of Whitbread Book of the Year (UK).
Jacket illustration: Detail of Bees from MS Ashmole (Oxford: Bodleian Library, fol. 75x. 1559. ill. in colour).