Weekly Poetry Links
September 5, 2013
Sep 5, 2013
1 Min read time
“Today we mourn with Marie and the children, as well as the extended families, the nation, the wide world. We remember the beauty of Seamus Heaney—as a bard, and in his being.” Paul Muldoon's eulogy for Seamus Heaney has been published at The New Yorker.
“He amazed even attentive admirers as he became, over his long career, in one way the opposite of his early self. His first great poems were tough, inward, tied to the soil; his last, just as Irish, were confident, sometimes gleeful, creatures of air.” Contributing editor Stephen Burt reflects on Heaney's life and work at CNN.
Kwame Dawes offers up four poems in homage to the late poet at The Wall Street Journal.
In my world, the heroes have died perfectly
or matured into responsible creatures, wildness
gone, families to care for—heroic feats, all memories.
They return to old streets not triumphant
but to the sordid fact of their hearts thumping
with fear of their violent cities.
“Seamus Heaney was a great experimental old master, concerned with the aesthetic qualities and the truth of his art. His greatness did not burst forth fully formed in his earliest work, but grew over time as his art evolved into maturity and wisdom.” David Galenson considers Heaney the experimenter at The Huffington Post.
And watch this video collage of Heaney reading arguably his most well-known work, "Digging."
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September 05, 2013
1 Min read time