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#1007753 - Fri Aug 30 2013 12:58 PM RIP Seamus Heaney
dsimpy Offline

Registered: Sun Jan 24 2010
Posts: 477
Loc: Belfast Ireland
Really sad news that Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney died in a Dublin hospital today. He'd been ill for a while but nonetheless his death was unexpected.

He was regarded by many as the finest poet in the English language of his generation, and the finest Irish poet since Yeats.

I still vividly remember going to hear him reading his poetry, along with Ted Hughes, at Oxford in 1977 - when he was little known in England. He was a truly great poet and a huge intellect.

RIP Seamus - Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilis.
Exegi monumentum aere perennius regalique situ pyramidum altius - and that was before breakfast!

#1007813 - Fri Aug 30 2013 06:22 PM Re: RIP Seamus Heaney [Re: dsimpy]
ren33 Offline

Registered: Thu Sep 30 1999
Posts: 12137
Loc: Kowloon Tong  Hong Kong      
Yes. A sad loss indeed.
here is a Tribute to Mary Heaney
There was a sunlit absence.
The helmeted pump in the yard
heated its iron,
water honeyed
in the slung bucket
and the sun stood
like a griddle cooling
against the wall
of each long afternoon.
So, her hands scuffled
over the bakeboard,
the reddening stove
sent its plaque of heat
against her where she stood
in a floury apron
by the window.
Now she dusts the board
with a goose’s wing,
now sits, broad-lapped,
with whitened nails
and measling shins:
here is a space
again, the scone rising
to the tick of two clocks.
And here is love
like a tinsmith’s scoop
sunk past its gleam
in the meal-bin.
Wandering aimlessly through FT since 1999.

#1007814 - Fri Aug 30 2013 06:36 PM Re: RIP Seamus Heaney [Re: dsimpy]
nannywoo Offline

Registered: Tue Aug 06 2013
Posts: 15
Loc: North Carolina USA
I too was a long-time reader of Seamus Heaney and was pleased to teach "Beowulf" using his translation and recorded voice before I retired.

#1007822 - Fri Aug 30 2013 07:36 PM Re: RIP Seamus Heaney [Re: dsimpy]
redwaldo Offline

Registered: Tue Dec 29 2009
Posts: 15
Loc: South Australia

A great poet and loss to the literary world.

RIP Seamus Heaney.

#1008034 - Sun Sep 01 2013 04:40 AM Re: RIP Seamus Heaney [Re: dsimpy]
Santana2002 Offline
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Registered: Mon Apr 14 2003
Posts: 8595
Loc: France
I grew up on this poet's work, he will be sadly missed. RIP Seamus.
It's hard to be perfect when you're human

#1008038 - Sun Sep 01 2013 07:06 AM Re: RIP Seamus Heaney [Re: dsimpy]
Barbarini Offline

Registered: Sat Sep 04 2010
Posts: 401
Loc: Alberta Canada
It's always a bad day when the world loses an Irishman. RIP Seamus

#1008230 - Mon Sep 02 2013 06:30 AM Re: RIP Seamus Heaney [Re: dsimpy]
sue943 Offline

Registered: Sun Dec 19 1999
Posts: 36818
Loc: Jersey
Channel Islands    
Moving to Books.
Many a child has been spoiled because you can't spank a Grandma!


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