Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney

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Author Profession: Poetry Influences Geoffrey Chaucer, Lord Byron, T. S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Gerard Manley Geoffrey Chaucer, Lord Byron, T. S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Ted Hughes, Patrick Kavanagh, John Keats, Derek Mahon, Wilfred Owen, Samuel Palmer, William Shakespeare, J.M. Synge, William Wordsworth, William Butler Yeats ...more edit data
Born: April 13, 1939
Died: August 30, 2013
Birth Sign: Aries

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My passport's green.

But that citizen's perception was also at one with the truth in recognizing that the very brutality of the means by which the IRA were pursuing change was destructive of the trust upon which new possibilities would have to be based.

I have begun to think of life as a series of ripples widening out from an original center.

Even if the last move did not succeed, the inner command says move again.

I think that water is immediately interesting. It's just, as an element, it is full of life. It is associated with origin; it is bright - it reflects you.

The Ireland I now inhabit is one that these Irish contemporaries have helped to imagine.

Whether it be a matter of personal relations within a marriage or political initiatives within a peace process, there is no sure-fire do-it-yourself kit.

The faking of feelings is a sin against the imagination.

Every time you read a poem aloud to yourself in the presence of others, you are reading it into yourself and them. Voice helps to carry words farther and deeper than the eye.

I've always associated the moment of writing with a moment of lift, of joy, of unexpected reward.

Poetry is what we do to break bread with the dead.

I'm a firm believer in learning by heart.

The fact of the matter is that the most unexpected and miraculous thing in my life was the arrival in it of poetry itself - as a vocation and an elevation almost.

A public expectation, it has to be said, not of poetry as such but of political positions variously approvable by mutually disapproving groups.

I have always thought of poems as stepping stones in one's own sense of oneself. Every now and again, you write a poem that gives you self-respect and steadies your going a little bit farther out in the stream. At the same time, you have to conjure the next stepping stone because the stream, we hope, keeps flowing.

The experimental poetry thing is not my thing. It's a programme of the avant-garde: basically a refusal of the kind of poetry I write.

Sonnet is about movement in a form.

The experiment of poetry, as far as I am concerned, happens when the poem carries you beyond where you could have reasonably expected to go.

Poetry is always slightly mysterious, and you wonder what is your relationship to it.

It is very true to say that work done by writers is quite often an attempt to give solid expression to that which is bothering them... They feel they have got it right if they express the stress.

Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one. John Lennon

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. Oscar Wilde

I never understood a word John Cassavetes said. And I think he did that deliberately. Peter Falk bio

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