Poets: Seamus Heaney

Seamus HeaneySeamus Heaney was an Irish poet who wrote extensively about The Troubles in Northern Ireland. He received numerous awards, including the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995. His work had a profound influence on my development as a poet.

Heaney Astray: the Importance of Not Being So Earnest

Reading the admonitions against earnestness from the old ghost that appears in Heaney’s “Station Island” part XII brings to mind Patrick Kavanagh. Whether or not Kavanagh was the conscious model for this character in Heaney’s poem, the by turns severe and antic nature of this individual has Kavanagh written all over it. In his poem, …

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