This fourth edition of The Art of Seamus Heaney is the latest in a series of ongoing critical responses to Heaney's work. It adds new essays on Heaney's most recent books by critics, Tim Kendall, John Goodby and Helen Phillips, to those by Helen Vendler, Douglas Dunn, Edna Longley, Anne Stevenson, Bernard O'Donoghue, Philip Hobsbaum and Ciaran Carson among others.
The book also features the facsimiles of the drafts of 'North' - one of Heaney's most important early poems - which allow the reader to follow its development.
Tony Curtis is Professor of Poetry at the University of Glamorgan where he directs an MPhil in Writing. He has published 26 books, including nine poetry collections such as Heaven's Gate (2001). A selection of his poetry has recently been translated and published in Armenia. He is also the editor of several anthologies including After the First Death, a volume of war writing (2007).