The Spirit Level by Seamus HeaneyThe poems in Seamus Heaneys collection The Spirit Level keep discovering the possibilities of a new beginning in all kinds of subjects and circumstances. What is at stake, in poem after poem, is the chance of buoyancy and balance, physical, spiritual and political. Private memories, classical scenes, humble domestic objects - a whitewash brush, a sofa, a swing - are endowed with talismanic significance, while friends and relatives are invoked for their promise and steadfastness. Throughout the collection, Heaney addresses his concerns, which inevitably include the political situation in his native Northern Ireland, in a poetry that never ceases to be fluid, alert and completely truthful.
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In his first book of poems since he received the Nobel Prize in Literature in , Seamus Heaney reprises some familiar themes while sounding new notes that will surprise readers of his earlier work. The title of the book refers to a carpenter's level, which tells whether a surface is perfectly horizontal or vertical. Accordingly, "The Spirit Level" has much to say about balance, equilibrium, karma.
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