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1 Tamara Hervey November 20, 2016 at 00:55

That Heaney poem is FABULOUS! Thank you.

Great to see you picked up my colleague Dimitrios’ recent piece.

And you’ve prompted me to buy your book.

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2 Paul Maharg November 23, 2016 at 00:07

Yes it’s one of my favourite Heaney poems too, Tamara, from one of his best collections, North (though not everyone agrees on that). I read somewhere that on original publication the second line read ‘the hammered shod of a bay’, which he later changed to ‘the hammered curve of a bay’. I like the idea of the first version better, but he’s right, it distracts from focusing on the image of the bay, eg in Orkney at the end of this post,
http://wp.me/p1yfuG-P0. And acoustically ‘curve’ fits better, too.

And you’re buying Transforming, too. Wow, result…

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