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Seamus Heaney


Born
in Castledawson, County Derry, Ireland
April 13, 1939

Died
August 30, 2013

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Influences
Geoffrey Chaucer, Lord Byron, T. S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Gerard Manley ...more


Works of Irish poet Seamus Justin Heaney reflect landscape, culture, and political crises of his homeland and include the collections Wintering Out (1972) and Field Work (1979) as well as a translation of Beowulf (1999). He won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1995.

This writer and lecturer won this prize "for works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past."

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Average rating: 3.54 · 297,417 ratings · 9,574 reviews · 351 distinct worksSimilar authors
Opened Ground: Selected Poe...

4.27 avg rating — 5,638 ratings — published 1996 — 13 editions
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Death of a Naturalist

4.26 avg rating — 3,545 ratings — published 1966 — 27 editions
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Selected Poems, 1966-1987

4.18 avg rating — 2,772 ratings — published 1990 — 28 editions
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The Burial at Thebes: A Ver...

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3.94 avg rating — 2,387 ratings — published 2004 — 16 editions
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North

4.08 avg rating — 2,169 ratings — published 1975 — 22 editions
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Human Chain

3.95 avg rating — 1,261 ratings — published 2010 — 26 editions
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Field Work: Poems

4.23 avg rating — 1,127 ratings — published 1979 — 25 editions
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District and Circle

4.04 avg rating — 1,173 ratings — published 2006 — 24 editions
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The Spirit Level

4.15 avg rating — 1,124 ratings — published 1996 — 30 editions
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The Rattle Bag

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4.26 avg rating — 1,078 ratings — published 1982 — 10 editions
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“If you have the words, there's always a chance that you'll find the way.”
Seamus Heaney, Stepping Stones: Interviews with Seamus Heaney

“Human beings suffer,
They torture one another,
They get hurt and get hard.
No poem or play or song
Can fully right a wrong
Inflicted and endured.

The innocent in gaols
Beat on their bars together.
A hunger-striker's father
Stands in the graveyard dumb.
The police widow in veils
Faints at the funeral home.

History says, don't hope
On this side of the grave.
But then, once in a lifetime
The longed-for tidal wave
Of justice can rise up,
And hope and history rhyme.

So hope for a great sea-change
On the far side of revenge.
Believe that further shore
Is reachable from here.
Believe in miracle
And cures and healing wells.

Call miracle self-healing:
The utter, self-revealing
Double-take of feeling.
If there's fire on the mountain
Or lightning and storm
And a god speaks from the sky

That means someone is hearing
The outcry and the birth-cry
Of new life at its term.”
Seamus Heaney

“It is always better
to avenge dear ones than to indulge in mourning.
For every one of us, living in this world
means waiting for our end. Let whoever can
win glory before death. When a warrior is gone,
that will be his best and only bulwark.”
Seamus Heaney, Beowulf

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November 2015 Short Story Poll

1933, The Red Pony by John Steinbeck, 120 pages
 
  36 votes, 25.9%

1952, Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, 109 pages
 
  32 votes, 23.0%

 
  19 votes, 13.7%

 
  16 votes, 11.5%

 
  13 votes, 9.4%

1971, Don't Look Now and Other Stories by Daphne Du Maurier, Title Story Only 130 pages
 
  9 votes, 6.5%

1871, Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, 108 pages
 
  7 votes, 5.0%

 
  5 votes, 3.6%

1955, Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo, 128 pages
 
  2 votes, 1.4%

1979, Field Work by Seamus Heaney, 66 pages
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

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