Rattle Bag by Seamus HeaneyRattle Bag by Seamus Heaney

Rattle Bag

bySeamus Heaney, Ted HughesEditorSeamus Heaney

Paperback | April 26, 2005

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Edited by Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes, and conceived of as a collection of their own favourite poems, The Rattle Bag has established itself as the classic anthology of our time. Heaney and Hughes have brought together an inspired and diverse selection, ranging from undisputed masterpieces to rare discoveries, as well as drawing upon works in translation and traditional poems from oral cultures. In effect, this anthology has transformed the way we define and appreciate poetry, and it will continue to do so for years to come.

Including writers from Shakespeare and Blake to Sylvia Plath and T. S. Eliot, The Rattle Bag is eclectic, instructive and inspiring at the same time.

Ted Hughes (1930-1998) was born in Yorkshire. His first book, The Hawk in the Rain, was published in 1957 by Faber & Faber and was followed by many volumes of poetry and prose for adults and children. He received the Whitbread Book of the Year for two consecutive years for his last published collections of poetry, Tales from Ovid and B...
Title:Rattle BagFormat:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 8.5 × 5.3 × 1.5 inPublished:April 26, 2005Publisher:Faber & Faber AgencyLanguage:English

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Table of Contents


"The Names of the Hare," Anon

"Napoleon," Walter de la Mare

"'A narrow Fellow in the Grass,'" Emily Dickinson

"Nature's Lineaments," Robert Graves

"'nobody loses all the time,'" e. e. cummings

"The North Ship," Philip Larkin

"The Nose," Iain Crichton Smith

"'Now entertain conjecture of a time,'" William Shakespeare

"Nutting," William Wordsworth

"The Octopus," Ogden Nash

"Ode to a Nightingale," John Keats

"Of Poor B. B.," Bertolt Brecht

"The Old Familiar Faces," Charles Lamb

"'An old man stirs the fire to a blaze,'" W. B. Yeats

"Old Men," Ogden Nash

"Omens," Anon

"On a Tree Fallen Across the Road," Robert Frost

"On Buying a Horse," Anon

"On My First Sonne," Ben Jonson

"On the Beach at Fontana," James Joyce

"On the Cards and Dice," Sir Walter Ralegh

"On the Congo," Harry Edmund Martinson

"On Wenlock Edge," A. E. Housman

"'One Christmas-time,'" William Wordsworth

"'Our revels now are ended,'" William Shakespeare

"Out in the Dark," Edward Thomas

"'Out, Out--'" Robert Frost

"The Owl," Edward Thomas

"The Oxen," Thomas Hardy

"The Ox-Tamer," Walt Whitman

"Ozymandias," Percy Bysshe Shelley

"Pangar Bàn," Anon

"The Passionate Man's Pilgrimage," Sir Walter Ralegh

"The Passionate Shepherd to His Love," Christopher Marlowe

and two replies:

"The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd," Sir Walter Ralegh

"The Baite," John Donne

"Pat Cloherty's version of The Maisie," Richard Murphy

"'Pensive, on her dead gazing, I heard the Mother of All,'" Walt Whitman

"Perfect," Hugh MacDiarmid

"Pheasant," Sylvia Plath

"Piano," D. H. Lawrence

"Pied Beauty," Gerard Manley Hopkins

"The Pig," Ogden Nash

"The Pilgrim," W. B. Yeats

"Ploughing on Sunday," Wallace Stevens

"Poem in October," Dylan Thomas

"A Poison Tree," William Blake

"Poor but Honest," Anon

"Poppies in July," Sylvia Plath

"Praise of a Collie," Norman MacCaig

"The Properties of a Good Greyhound," Dame Juliana Berners

"Raleigh Was Right," William Carlos Williams

"Range-Finding," Robert Frost

"The Rattle Bag," Dafydd ap Gwilym

"Reflection on Ingenuity," Ogden Nash

"'Repeat that, repeat,'" Gerard Manley Hopkins

"The Return," Ezra Pound

"The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter," Ezra Pound

"'Running lightly over spongy ground,'" Theodore Roethke

"The Sad Boy," Laura Riding

"The Saginaw Song," Theodore Roethke

"Saint Francis and the Sow," Galway Kinnell

"Sandpiper," Elizabeth Bishop

"The Scholar," Austin Clarke

"Scotland Small?" Hugh MacDiarmid

"Sea-Change," John Masefield

"A Sea-Chantey," Derek Walcott

"The Seafarer," Ezra Pound

"Sea-Hawk," Richard Eberhart

"Season Song," Anon

"Sea-Weed," D. H. Lawrence

"Self-Pity," D. H. Lawrence

"The Self-Unseeing," Thomas Hardy

"The Send-Off," Wilfred Owen

"Senex," John Betjeman

"The Seven," Anon

"'Seventy feet down,'" Philip Larkin

"The Seventh," Attila Jószef

"She and I," Norman Cameron

"Sheep," W. H. Davies

"'She is the fairies' midwife, and she comes,'" William Shakespeare

"The Shooting of Dan McGrew," Robert Service

"The Shooting of John Dillinger Outside the Biograph Theater, July 22 1934," David Wagoner

"Shroud," George Mackay Brown

"The Sick Rose," William Blake

"'the silver swan, who living had no note,'" Orlando Gibbons

"Similes for Two Political Characters of 1819," Percy Bysshe Shelley

"'Since there's no help, come, let us kiss and part,'" Michael Drayton

"Sir Patrick Spens," Anon

"Sir Walter Ralegh to His Son," Sir Walter Ralegh

"The Six Strings," Federico García Lorca

"'Slow, slow, fresh fount, keep time with my salt teares,'" Ben Jonson

"The Smile," William Blake

"Snake," D. H. Lawrence

"Solitude," Tomas Transtromer

"Song: I Hid My Love," John Clare

"Song for the Clatter-Bones," F. R. Higgins

"Song for the Head," George Peele

"Songs for a Colored Singer," Elizabeth Bishop

"Sonnet," Dante

"Sounds of the Day," Norman MacCaig

"Spring," Gerard Manley Hopkins

"Spring and Fall," Gerard Manley Hopkins

"'Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,'" W. H. Auden

"Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," Robert Frost

"Strange Meeting," Wilfred Owen

"The Streets of Laredo," Anon

"A Strong Wind," Austin Clarke

"A Survey," William Stafford

"Swedes," Edward Thomas

"Sweeney Praises the Trees," Anon

"Sweet Suffolk Owl," Thomas Vautor

"Taboo to Boot," Ogden Nash

"Taffy was a Welshman," Anon

"Tails and Heads," Suzanne Knowles

"Taking Leave of a Friend," Ezra Pound

"Tarantella," Hilaire Belloc

"'There came a Wind like a Bugle,'" Emily Dickinson

"'There is a willow grows aslant a brook,'" William Shakespeare

"'There's a certain Slant of light,'" Emily Dickinson

"There Was a Boy," William Wordsworth

"'There was a man and he was mad,'" Anon

"Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird," Wallace Stevens

"'This lunar beauty,'" W. H. Auden

"Thistle," Nikolai Alekseevich Zabolotsky

"Thomas Rymer," Anon

"Three Riddles from the Exeter Book," Geoffrey Grigson

"'Thrice the brinded cat hath mew'd,'" William Shakespeare

"Tiger," A. D. Hope

"Tilly," James Joyce

"Timothy Winters," Charles Causley

"To a Schoolboy," Anon

"To Autumn," John Keats

"To the Foot from its Child," Pablo Neruda

"Track," Tomas Transtromer

"Transformations," Thomas Hardy

"A True Account of Talking to the Sun at Fire Island," Frank O'Hara

"The Twa Corbies," Anon

"Two Drops," Zbigniew Herbert

"Two Performing Elephants," D. H. Lawrence

"Two Songs of a Fool," W. B. Yeats

"TheTyger," William Blake

"The Unknown Bird," Edward Thomas

"The Unquiet Grave." Anon

"Ute Mountain," Charles Tomlinson

"The Vacuum," Howard Nemerov

"Vergissmeinicht," Keith Douglas

"The Villain," W. H. Davies

"Vision by Sweetwater," John Crowe Ransom

"The Visitant," Theodore Roethke

"The Vixen," John Clare

"A Walk," Nikolai Alekseevich Zabolotsky

"Walking West," William Stafford

"The Wanderer," W. H. Auden

"The Wandering Spectre," Anon

"War," Andrei Voznesensky

"War God's Horse Song," Anon

"'Was it for this?'" William Wordsworth

"Watch Your Step--I'm Drenched," Adrian Mitchell

"The Weapon," Hugh MacDiarmid

"Weathers," Thomas Hardy

"The Well Rising," William Stafford

"'When I set out for Lyonnesse,'" Thomas Hardy

"'When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom'd,'" Walt Whitman

"'When old corruption first begun,'" William Blake

"'When the rain raineth,"' Anon

"'The wicked who would do me harm,'" Anon

"The Wife of Usher's Well," Anon

"Wild Iron," Allen Curnow

"Willy Wet-leg," D. H. Lawrence

"'The wind blows out of the gates of the day,'" W. B. Yeats

"'The wind suffers of blowing,'" Laura Riding

"'A Wind that rose,'" Emily Dickinson

"The Windhover," Gerard Manley Hopkins

"Witches' Chasm," Ben Jonson

"'With fairest flowers,'" William Shakespeare

"The Woodlark," Gerard Manley Hopkins

"'Would you hear of an old-fashion'd sea-fight?'" Walt Whitman

"'Yon island carrions desperate of their bones,'" William Shakespeare

"You're," Sylvia Plath


Index of Poets and Works


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A must for anyone at all who likes poetry.