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Door Into The Dark

Seamus Heaney’s second collection, Door into the Dark, was published in 1969. With the sensuousness and physicality of language that would become the hallmark of his early writing, its poems graphically depict the author’s rural upbringing, from the ‘fantail of sparks’ in the local forge to the eel-fishermen on the banks of Lough Neagh. It concludes with his iconic poem, ‘Bogland’, which evokes his native landscape.

‘Heaney has the gift of finding a new and consummate phrase to evoke physical qualities… The collection as a whole is a splendid achievement’ Richard Kell, Guardian