Seamus Heaney: Eleven Poems

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Seamus Heaney’s pamphlet Eleven Poems was published in November of 1965 by Festival Publications of Queen’s University, Belfast. Running to only sixteen pages and costing 3s. 0d., this slender offering collects some of Heaney’s earliest poems. As the acknowledgements state, some poems had already appeared in The Dublin Magazine, Kilkenny Magazine, Listener, New Statesman and Poetry; one poem (“Peter Street at Bankside”) had been “commissioned to be read at the foundation ceremony of the new Lyric Theatre, Belfast”. [1] All save this poem would appear the following year in Heaney’s début book Death of a Naturalist. The poems are “Personal Helicon”, “Mid-Term Break�…

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Hall, Jason David. "Eleven Poems". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 October 2004
[, accessed 26 September 2016.]