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Seamus Heaney

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I can't think of a case where poems changed the world, but what they do is they change people's understanding of what's going on in the world.

— Seamus Heaney


And a young prince must be prudent like that, giving freely while his father lives so that afterwards, in age when fighting starts steadfast companions will stand by him and hold the line.

— Seamus Heaney

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To work, her dumb lunge says, is to move a certain mass ...through a certain distance, is to pull your weight and feel exact and equal to it. Feel dragged upon. And buoyant.

— Seamus Heaney


Even if the last move did not succeed, the inner command says move again.

— Seamus Heaney

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There is risk and truth to yourselves and the world before you.

— Seamus Heaney

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As writers and readers, as sinners and citizens, our realism and our aesthetic sense make us wary of crediting the positive note.

— Seamus Heaney

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I've always associated the moment of writing with a moment of lift, of joy, of unexpected reward.

— Seamus Heaney

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I credit poetry for making this space-walk possible.

— Seamus Heaney

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I have begun to think of life as a series of ripples widening out from an original center.

— Seamus Heaney

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At home in Ireland, there's a habit of avoidance, an ironical attitude towards the authority figure.

— Seamus Heaney

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About Seamus Heaney

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In 1989 Heaney was elected Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford which he held for a five-year term to 1994. His collections often recall the assassination of his family members and close friends lynchings and bombings. Heaney's mother Margaret Kathleen McCann came from the McCann family whose uncles and relations were employed in the local linen mill and whose aunt had worked as a maid for the mill owner's family.

He has been a member of Aosdána since its foundation and has been Saoi since 1997. Robert Lowell called him "the most important Irish poet since Yeats" and many others including the academic John Sutherland have echoed the sentiment that he is "the greatest poet of our age". M.

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