Brandes, Rand, and Michael J. Durkan, eds. Seamus Heaney: A Bibliography, 1959-2003. London: Faber and Faber, 2008. Bibliography of the poet’s works provides a good starting point for research.
Cavanagh, Michael. Professing Poetry: Seamus Heaney’s Poetics. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2009. Provides extensive analysis of the critical essays written by Heaney to discern his theory of poetics.
Collins, Floyd. Seamus Heaney: The Crisis of Identity. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2003. A fine introduction to the poet’s expertise and style.
Crowder, A. B., and Jason David Hall, eds. Seamus Heaney: Poet, Critic, Translator. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. These twelve essays address not only Heaney’s poetry but also Heaney’s criticism and translations.
Hall, Jason David. Seamus Heaney’s Rhythmic Contract. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. An examination of Heaney’s poetry that focuses on its structure and place it in the context of mid-twentieth century theories of meter and rhythm.
McCarthy, Conor. Seamus Heaney and Medieval Poetry. Rochester, N.Y.: Boydell & Brewer, 2008. Examines how Heaney translated medieval poetry and otherwise incorporated it into his poetry.
Moloney, Karen Marguerite. Seamus Heaney and the Emblems of Hope. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2007. An extensively researched study of Heaney’s poetry and his theme of the Celtic fertility myth of kings marrying goddesses. Informative and easy to read.
O’Brien, Eugene. Seamus Heaney and the Place of Writing. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2002. Analyzes Heaney’s attitude toward place and home and its relevance to Irish identity.
O’Donoghue, Bernard, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Seamus Heaney. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009. A collection of essays that cover the life and works of Heaney, examining topics such as the Irish influence, the poet and medieval literature, and the poet as a critic.
Vendler, Helen Hennessy. Seamus Heaney. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2000. Whereas other books on Heaney have dwelt chiefly on the biographical, geographical, and political aspects of his writing, this book looks squarely and deeply at Heaney’s poetry as art.