Seamus Heaney – an appreciation of an astonishing poetic achievement

Seamus Heaney – an appreciation of an astonishing poetic achievement

Seamus himself will be missed, hugely: for his critical intelligence, his old-fashioned courtesy and his deep learning (no one who read his 2010 collection Human Chain would have been surprised that his last words were texted in Latin). Above all, though, because he showed what poetry was capable of, and how many people it could reach without ingratiation or dumbing down. To record “the music of what happens” was his mission. It’s hard to believe that music has stopped.

Seamus Heaney in 1970

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