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er 10, 1995. His Nobel Lecture offers a powerful defense of poetry as "the ship and the anchor" of our spirit within an ocean of violent, divisive world politics.


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er 10, 1995. His Nobel Lecture offers a powerful defense of poetry as "the ship and the anchor" of our spirit within an ocean of violent, divisive world politics.

30 review for Crediting Poetry: The Nobel Lecture

  1. 4 out of 5

    Francisca

    i might change the rating with time but, at the moment, i loved this. seamus heaney's lecture after winning the nobel prize in 1995 had everything i have grown to love from his writing: politics withouth actually being in your face, an almost too subtle love for nature, nationalistic hope more than pride, and, more importantly, his appreciation of poetry as movement through music and sounds. in fifty pages, it moved me in a way his poetry has persistently done just as well in the past i might change the rating with time but, at the moment, i loved this. seamus heaney's lecture after winning the nobel prize in 1995 had everything i have grown to love from his writing: politics withouth actually being in your face, an almost too subtle love for nature, nationalistic hope more than pride, and, more importantly, his appreciation of poetry as movement through music and sounds. in fifty pages, it moved me in a way his poetry has persistently done just as well in the past. nobel lectures should be a genre on itself (gabriel garcía marquez' one is spectacular too--although i don't know whether it's available in translation or not) which only continues to agravate me after bob dylan's win and disrespectful reaction afterwards. this is the speech of a lifetime and it's the greatest opportunity an author might get of getting his view across beyond the rooms of a lecture hall. and heaney's point was exactly the one for his poetry was recognised in the first place: a love for his country and poetry and music, all wrapped into a single body.

  2. 5 out of 5

    T P Kennedy

    An excellent little volume. His prose sings in a manner reminiscent of his poetry. It's humorous, serious and eloquent. My only regret is that it's so brief.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jean Carlton

    Lately I’ve been attempting to learn more about poets and poetry; reading and listening to poetry, exploring the craft through writing some myself. In this effort I sought names of “famous” or respected poets and that’s how I heard of Seamus Heaney. This short volume is the speech he gave in Stockholm as he accepted the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995. I was pleased to be able to relate to what he had to say about Irish history (which would not have been true before my trip to Ireland and rela Lately I’ve been attempting to learn more about poets and poetry; reading and listening to poetry, exploring the craft through writing some myself. In this effort I sought names of “famous” or respected poets and that’s how I heard of Seamus Heaney. This short volume is the speech he gave in Stockholm as he accepted the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995. I was pleased to be able to relate to what he had to say about Irish history (which would not have been true before my trip to Ireland and related study) but other parts of it were a bit over my head – as is much poetry. The learning continues.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lauma Lapa

    What a truly excellent way of speaking about what poetry is. Re-reading this gets my hopes a little off the ground. In one of the poems best known to students in my generation, a poem which could be said to have taken the nutrients of the symbolist movement and made them available in capsule form, the American poet Archibald MacLeish affirmed that "A poem should be equal to/not true." As a defiant statement of poetry's gift for telling truth but telling it slant, this is both cogent and correct/>In What a truly excellent way of speaking about what poetry is. Re-reading this gets my hopes a little off the ground. In one of the poems best known to students in my generation, a poem which could be said to have taken the nutrients of the symbolist movement and made them available in capsule form, the American poet Archibald MacLeish affirmed that "A poem should be equal to/not true." As a defiant statement of poetry's gift for telling truth but telling it slant, this is both cogent and corrective. Yet there are times when a deeper need enters, when we want the poem to be not only pleasurably right but compellingly wise, not only a surprising variation played upon the world, but a re-tuning of the world itself. We want the surprise to be transitive like the impatient thump which unexpectedly restores the picture to the television set, or the electric shock which sets the fibrillating heart back to its proper rhythm.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Marko

    If you're questioning poetry's validity in a cruel world such as ours, Seamus Heaney has a thing or two to tell you. His Nobel lecture is a defense of poetry's role amidst all the sorrow & killing & injury. In brief: poetry is valuable to us for its "power to persuade that vulnerable part of our consciousness of its rightness in spite of the evidence of wrongness all around it." And so we are able to acknowledge the misery of our world & live with the pain--without despair.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    This is the Nobel lecture that Heaney gave when he won the Nobel Prize for literature (poetry). It is purportedly about the role of poetry in everyday life, but I didn't understand much of what he was talking about when I read it several years ago.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Margaret1358 Joyce

    This seamlessly-crafted 29-page homage to the humanizing power of poetry presents a rock-solid defense of the role of the poetic in this world we inhabit.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nicola

    A hardwon inspiration.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Richard Goodman

    Just wonderful.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tyler

    An excellent speech.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Iosephvs Bibliothecarivs

    Read in memory of Mr. Heaney, on the day after his death.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Micah Stephens

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mark

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    David

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    John Slavin

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    Gloria Sun

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  19. 5 out of 5

    Michael Lloyd-Billington

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    Valerie Diane

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    Anrpatel

  22. 4 out of 5

    John J. Eibelheuser

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Clarkson

  24. 4 out of 5

    Susan Norton

  25. 5 out of 5

    Makenzie Fitzgerald

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lissa

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    Bethany Gordon

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    Daniel Sanderson

  29. 4 out of 5

    Susan Facknitz

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jaime

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