The Rattle Bag

By Seamus Heaney
Rattle Bag cover



A collection of more than 400 hundred poems from all around the world.

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"This is the anthology of all anthologies. Everyone should have a copy. An international choice of poems." - Diana Hendry

"The method employed in arranging and presenting [the contents of this book] must surely be the one for all the best anthologies . . . "The Rattle Bag" sets a standard which other anthologies will find it difficult to equal." --Alan Brownjohn, "Times Literary Supplement" (London)

"A splendid, huge, resonant book." --"Observer" (London)

"A must for anyone at all who likes poetry." --Melvyn Bragg, "The Times" (London)

Author Biography

Seamus Heaney received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995. A resident of Dublin since 1976, he teaches regularly at Harvard University. Heaney has written over a dozen books of poetry and criticism, and the "Los Angeles Times Book Review" has called him "the greatest Irish poet since Yeats."
Ted Hughes, the author of numerous books of poetry, prose, and translation, was Poet Laureate to Queen Elizabeth II until his death in 1998. His last book of poems, "Birthday Letters," won the Whitbread Book of the Year award--and was a much-discussed national bestseller. He lived in Devon, England.