Seamus Heaney

Rookie (April 13,1939 - August 30, 2013 / Castledàwson, County Londonderry)

Comments about Seamus Heaney

  • Susan Williams Susan Williams (7/10/2016 4:13:00 PM)

    I just read Personal Helicon. Excellent poem. What a dynamic poet. I have never had the privilege of reading this poem before and I thank PoemHunter for presenting it to us to learn what poetry can be in the hands of a true poet. Now I am going to read more of his works- I am going to stuff myself.

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  • Barbara Clafton (5/29/2014 5:20:00 PM)

    I studied Seamus Heaney for A level English Language and Literature poetry element in 2012. I absolutely love the work of this man, so sad he passed away. His poems are particularly fabulous to listen to in his own voice. A greatly talented poet, an inspiration. I only wish I had a hundredth of his talent.

  • Methew Thomson (1/29/2014 1:32:00 PM)

    I just viewed a very offensive video of the late iconic poet on youtube when I visited the website to view his last appearance titled 'last appearance of Seamus Heaney'.
    I was horrified! I can't even believe that anyone could do it.

  • Gerry Conteh (10/22/2013 11:44:00 AM)

    I so wish that I had had the privilege meeting and perhaps to have had a chat with this iconic and incredible human being. Maybe in the next life.

  • Claire Thomas (9/11/2013 11:20:00 PM)

    He died nearly a week ago.Amazing man.I would have thought you may have noticed that fact poemhunter.

  • Kieran Cummins (8/31/2013 5:22:00 AM)

    Very sad to hear of the death of Seamus Heaney. He was a brilliant poet and a real and kind gentleman. His talent and persona will be greatly missed throughout the world.

  • Lidia Sessi (3/26/2013 3:24:00 AM)

    in his first collections heaney is fascinated with the soil as he can perceive a mysterious life force in it. He uses many words to refer to it: slime, muck, mush. All of them describe a soil that is wetting and become less solid: this is a metaphor for sexual life, where the soil is the female element responding to a male one.

Best Poem of Seamus Heaney

Casualty

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He would drink by himself
And raise a weathered thumb
Towards the high shelf,
Calling another rum
And blackcurrant, without
Having to raise his voice,
Or order a quick stout
By a lifting of the eyes
And a discreet dumb-show
Of pulling off the top;
At closing time would go
In waders and peaked cap
Into the showery dark,
A dole-kept breadwinner
But a natural for work.
I loved his whole manner,
Sure-footed but too sly,
His deadpan sidling tact,
His fisherman's quick eye
And turned observant back. ...

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Casualty

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He would drink by himself
And raise a weathered thumb
Towards the high shelf,
Calling another rum
And blackcurrant, without
Having to raise his voice,
Or order a quick stout

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