Happy Birthday Seamus!
April 12, 2009 8:06 PM Subscribe
posted by dbmcd (13 comments total)
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April 13th is Seamus Heaney's
70th birthday, and to celebrate, the Irish press have honored him in many ways. A Catholic from Northern Ireland, his early poems reflected his upbringing on a farm, but his later poems (and time in the States) spoke powerfully of 'the Troubles.' I thought he deserved a mention in the Blue.
There's the special section in the Irish Times
; the many special programs on RTE
is also posted). The Independent
only gives him one page (?), but presumably most of his countrymen already know of the man.
You can read (and hear him read) some of his poems here
I wish I could be more eloquent, but really, his poetry says it all, and far better than I could ever hope to. Ireland is lucky indeed to have such living treasure.