The School Bag (1997)

Author: Seamus Heaney & Ted Hughes

Book ID: 63647

Price: 75.00

The School Bag. London: Faber & Faber, 1997. First Edition. Pp xvi, 590. Blue cloth boards, in pictorial dust jacket. Jacket lightly worn along top edge, otherwise a fine copy.

A companion to ‘The Rattle Bag’ (1982) the School Bag anthology is designed to present a great range of poetry in a fresh and accessible way. Poems, for example, are grouped in ways that invite different kinds of historical and thematic reading. 

“but it would also resemble ‘a school of poetry’ gathered on traditional bardic lines, a memory bank, a compendium of examples. And yet there was always going to be a personal element at work in selections because many of them would represent a homage to poets to whom we ourselves had ‘gone to school’ in one way or another from the beginning.”

Friends for many years, Heaney spoke at Ted Hughes’ funeral in Devon on 3 November 1998, he said that no death had been as devastating to poetry as Hughes’ death, and no death outside his family had hurt him as much.

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