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Lot 210
HEANEY, SEAMUS (b. 1939, Irish poet) TYPESCRIPT OF HIS 'VILLANELLE FOR AN ANNIVERSARY' WITH AUTOGRAPH REVISIONS AND INSERTIONS AND DOODLES, signed, 1986
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HEANEY, SEAMUS (b. 1939, Irish poet)
TYPESCRIPT OF HIS 'VILLANELLE FOR AN ANNIVERSARY' WITH AUTOGRAPH REVISIONS AND INSERTIONS AND DOODLES, signed ('Seamus') at head and inscribed for Roy Davids, 5 June 1986, 19 lines in three-line stanzas, with three autograph trials preserving reconsidered readings for the first line of the second stanza which began 'New Town bore its new name. Still nothing stirred...' and was finally resolved to reading 'The maps dreamt on like moondust. Nothing stirred...', 1 page, quarto, doodles of a closed book and a lectern, 5 June 1986

A spirit moved. John Harvard walked the yard.
The atom lay unsplit, the west unwon,
The books stood open and the gates unbarred...

The villanelle was republished in Opened Ground: Poems 1966-1996, with the first line of the second stanza as resolved in this manuscript. The doodles are perhaps explained by the last two lines of the poem.

PROVENANCE: Seamus Heaney.
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