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Literature Poetry ­ Heaney, Clarke and pre1914
Seamus Heaney
About the poet
Seamu sH
e aneyw
a sb
o rno
nA p ri
l
13,
1939, onaf
a r
mi
nC astl
edaw son,
Co unt
y Der ry,
No r
thernI
r
eland,
t
hee
ld est
of
eight
chi
ldren.
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9 63,
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e gant
eachi
nga
tS t
.
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C ol
legei
nB e l
fast
.
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eh
eb e gan
t
ow
r i
te,
joi
ningap
o etryw
o rksh opw
i t
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h on ,
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Long l
ey,
ando
t hers
u nder
t
h eg
uidanceo
f
Phi
li
pH
o b sbaum. I
n1
9 65h ema
r r
iedMa
r i
eD
e vli
n,
an di
n196 6y
ear hep
ub l
i
sh edh
is f
ir
st
bo ok
of
poetry,
Deatho
f
aN atural
ist
.
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so ther poetr
yi ncludesD
o or i
ntot
heD
a r
k(
1969),
Winteri
n gO u t
(1972),
Nort
h
(
1979 )
,S
e lect
ed Poems 1 965 1975 (
198 0)
,S
t ati
on I
sland (1984),T
h e Haw La nt
ern (1987),N
e w
Sel
ectedP
o ems1 9 66 1987(
199 0)
an dS
e eingT
h i
n gs(
1991).
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9 99h
ep u bl
ishedan
ewt
ransl
ati
ono
f
t
he Old
E ngl
ish
heroic
poe m B eo wulf
.
Seamu s
H eaney
isaF
o re i
gnMe
mb er
o ftheA
me r
icanA
c ademy
of
A r
ts
andL ett
e r
s.
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a s Prof
essor
of
Poetr
ya
t
O xf
ordf
rom1
9 8 9t
o1
9 94.
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n1 9 95h
er eceivedt
heN
o bel
P r
izei
nL i
ter
ature.
H eaney has
li
vedi
n
Dubli
ns
ince1
9 76.
S i
nce1
98 1h
eh as spent
p ar
t
o f
eachy
ear
t
e achi
nga
t Ha r
vardU
n i
versi
ty,
whereh
ei
s
a
Professor
of
R het
oric
an d
O ratory.
Wr it
ing
abo ut
Hean ey
in
19 68,
Ji
m H unter
sai
d :
"
H i
so
w ni
nvolveme nt
doe sn
o t
e xcl
udeu s :
t
h er
ea
r ef
ewp ri
vater
eferences,
andt
hed
e scr
ipt
ivec
lar
it
y of
hi
sw
r i
ti
ngma
k esi
t easyt
of oll
o w..
.H eaney'sw
o rl
di
saw
a r
m,
e veno
p t
imist
ico
n e : hi
st
on ei
st
hat
of
t
radi
ti
on al
sani
ty
and huma nit
y .
"
Youc
a ns
e ew
h ether,
an dh
o w f
a r
, t
h i
si
st
r
ueo f al
l t
hep
o emsi nt
heA n t
hology,
s omeo
f
w hi
chw
e re
wri
tt
en af
ter
these words
.

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