Five of the best essays on the late, great Seamus Heaney

Five essays on Seamus Heaney from this excellent blog about Irish writing. With thanks to Shane.

Irish Writing Blog

There has been no shortage of published work on Seamus Heaney over the last few days. Here are some of the best I’ve read – please feel free to let me know of any other must-read reflections on the life, work and legacy of Seamus Heaney in the comments.

Belinda McKeon (The Paris Review)

“He was loved. Beloved. Whether he was met with as a name on a page, or as a voice from a podium, or as a cherished friend or fellow artist, Seamus Heaney moved into the lives of those who encountered him—those countless lives—and he made a difference that will matter forevermore. The difference, for many, was poetry itself. The difference is in those lines, the way they come to mind at moments of worry, or of beauty, or of heartache and of sorrow; today they come to mind like prayers learned in childhood, his lines, so…

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2 thoughts on “Five of the best essays on the late, great Seamus Heaney”

  1. Thanks for drawing attention to the Paris Review piece. he has died far too young and I feel bereft and although I only heard him twice I feel as if I ‘met’ him. he was indeed everyone’s friend and apparently just turned up in a pub and was recognised by all.


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