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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

74? It seems too young, still. I'd fancy seeing another ten years, at least.

I'll read those article properly later, Allan.


message 2: by Barbara (new)

Barbara (bdegar) | 4626 comments Allan wrote: "Sad news that I think deserves a thread of its own.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainme..."


Oops! I posted the Irish Times and NY Times Obits in Newspaper Articles.
I was very sad to hear the news of Heaney's passing first thing this morning. He hasn't been well for at least 5 years, but I agree with Declan that 74 seems young.


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Sorry, Barbara. I just responded to you in a different thread.

And I meant to add with my message, I'd expect to be pretty active way beyond 74.

The man had a few poems left in him yet, I'm sure.


message 4: by Steve (new)

Steve Downes (stevedownes) | 39 comments R.I.P Seamus, we shared a stage in 1996 in the Droichead Arts Centre ..good night


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That must have have been pretty special, Steve.


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http://www.rte.ie/

I thought I'd share that link. RTE have devoted the banner of their website's homepage to Heaney's passing. I haven't read any of the tributes, yet, but I thought that that was a nice touch from RTE.


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Sara | 2357 comments Mod
I thought I'd share a link to a poem by Heaney I particularly enjoy.

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/... "Digging"


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That was rather lovely, Sara. His voice has a very reassuring quality.


message 9: by Cathleen (new)

Cathleen | 2409 comments I was so sad and surprised to read about Seamus Heaney's passing. I didn't know he had been ill, and 74 seems very young these days. Rest in peace, Seamus. Sad, sad news. We've lost a great one.


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Barbara (bdegar) | 4626 comments Allan wrote: "I'm not sure if anyone is in Belfast and interested in this event-the email came through this afternoon.

'Celebrate the life of the late Nobel Laureate, Seamus Heaney, in an informal event of read..."


Thanks Allan. I've shared it with my local poetry group.


message 11: by Barbara (new)

Barbara (bdegar) | 4626 comments Declan wrote: "http://www.rte.ie/

I thought I'd share that link. RTE have devoted the banner of their website's homepage to Heaney's passing. I haven't read any of the tributes, yet, but I thought that that was ..."


Declan wrote: "http://www.rte.ie/
The linked RTE interview can be viewed here in the States also,
I thought I'd share that link. RTE have devoted the banner of their website's homepage to Heaney's passing. I haven't read any of the tributes, yet, but I thought that that was ..."



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Barbara (bdegar) | 4626 comments Allan wrote: "That poem has featured very heavily in the BBC NI coverage this evening. There've been a few that have really touched me, who is a poetry philistine-'Mid Term Break' was read earlier, and was massi..."

"Mid-term break" is heart-breaking.


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Barbara (bdegar) | 4626 comments Allan wrote: "An article by Colm Toibin:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013..."


Stupendous - just gorgeous.


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Barbara (bdegar) | 4626 comments Allan wrote: "Barbara-I'm watching the RTE programme at the minute-Mid Term Break really is heartbreaking and is expanded upon-it's been a brilliant documentary which if you want I'm more than happy to record fo..."

You are just too too generous. I will share it with a friend who teaches on Heaney as he would also really appreciate it.


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D.S. Taylor (dstaylor) | 2 comments He was a true wordsmith, he'll be missed


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Laura | 258 comments Sara wrote: "I thought I'd share a link to a poem by Heaney I particularly enjoy.

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/... "Digging""


Beautiful. I was stunned and saddened to hear of his death yesterday.


message 17: by Laura (new)

Laura | 258 comments Barbara wrote: "Allan wrote: "An article by Colm Toibin:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013..."

Stupendous - just gorgeous."


Yes.


message 18: by Barbara (new)

Barbara (bdegar) | 4626 comments Allan wrote: "You know it's not a problem. The story about him finding out about winning the Nobel is priceless. I'll stick the prog onto a DVD-I'll hold off for a few days before sending it though as there's bo..."

Great! I'll email him but he's a bit of a luddite sometimes with email :) He's ABD from Trinity in Irish Lit and really a brilliant teacher. He does like the media though and I'll pass on the radio program info.


message 19: by Barbara (last edited Aug 31, 2013 01:48PM) (new)

Barbara (bdegar) | 4626 comments We'll be reading Heaney in my class in a couple of weeks(Digging) and later in the semester "Casualty". But I want to bring in another poem this week for the students. I am thinking of Midterm Break. Keeping in mind Heaney can be obtuse, and we have to do our best to translate to ASL (sign language) a language in it's own right, I'd like to bring a poem that is visual, and emotional, that relies on images to convey the deeper meaning, rather than references to classical literature. Any suggestions?


message 20: by Barbara (new)

Barbara (bdegar) | 4626 comments Thanks Allan! I have Craig's Ulster Anthology as well as the harder to find Belfast Anthology.

I know there've been lots of articles about Heaney here, but every one I read is wonderful. My friend Maureen sent me this column from the Boston Globe which shows how down to earth Heaney was:
http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013...


message 21: by Evie (new)

Evie | 39 comments Watched the program on RTE the other night (why don't they make more program's like this about Irish writers?) Anyway, it was really very special. Wonderful to see him at home with his wife as well as speaking in Harvard. It's true what people say, he seemed to have such a lovely humble way about him, always smiling. But it's his words and use of language that are so engaging, so descriptive. I'm not a major poetry reader, but I can really appreciate a thoughtful and dedicated writer like Heaney. Thoughts with his family.


message 22: by Barbara (new)

Barbara (bdegar) | 4626 comments I have probably written this already in this discussion but I consider him Ireland's GREATEST poet, not WB Yeats who I'd put at number 2.


message 23: by [deleted user] (new)

If you haven't mentioned it here, I think you might have mentioned it in one of the broader threads, Barbara.


message 24: by [deleted user] (new)

A record has been set, Allan. Thanks.


message 25: by Barbara (new)

Barbara (bdegar) | 4626 comments Allan wrote: "I'm assuming this is a feature in tomorrow's paper.

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013..."


Allan - this is brilliant. I was trying to argue this point last night about why I believe Heaney is the greatest Irish poet. Blake Morrison says it so much better.


message 26: by Neil (new)

Neil (charcoal_waves_at_night) Never read his stuff. Saw him live, reading some of his once and walked out early I'm afraid but there's no denying that he was a top figure for Ireland. Poetry vacuum in Ireland opening up now without him. He was top tier for so long


message 27: by Barbara (new)

Barbara (bdegar) | 4626 comments Just seeing this and it may be too late!


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