Manifesting that order of poetry where we can at last grow up to that which we stored up as we grew.
Since I was a schoolboy, I've been used to being recognized on the road by old and young, and being bantered with and, indeed, being taunted.
I have begun to think of life as a series of ripples widening out from an original center.
Eternal life can mean utter reverence for life itself. Seamus Heane
Poetry is always slightly mysterious, and you wonder what is your relationship to it. Seamus He
To encounter 'Beowulf' is like taking a sledgehammer to a quarry face. You must bang in there.
Poems that come swiftly are usually the ones that you keep.
Two buckets were easier carried than one. / I grew up in between.
I feel myself part of something. Not only being part of a community but part of an actual moment and a movement of Irish writing and art. That sense of being part of the whole thing is the deepest joy.
Poetry is what we do to break bread with the dead. Seamus He
The gift of writing is to be self-forgetful
Then as the years went on and my listening became more deliberate, I would climb up on an arm of our big sofa to get my ear closer to the wireless speaker.
Hope for a great sea-change timid to rebuke and too petty to forgive
Even if the last move did not succeed, the inner command says move again. Seamus He
Poetry is more a threshold than a path.
The wartime, in other words, was pre-reflective time for me. Pre-literate too. Pre-historical in its way.
There's never going to be a united Ireland, you know.
I'm very conscious that people dear to me are alive in my imagination - poets in particular.
But even so, none of the news of these world-spasms entered me as terror.
Yet there are times when a deeper need enters, when we want the poem to be not only pleasurably right but compellingly wise, not only a surprising variation played upon the world, but a re-tuning of the world itself.
In fact, in lyric poetry, truthfulness becomes recognizable as a ring of truth within the medium itself.
I drink to keep body and soul apart.
The problem as you get older... is that you become more self-aware. At the same time, you have to surprise yourself. There's no way of arranging the surprise, so it is tricky.
Poetry is what we do to break bread with the dead.
God is a foreman with certain definite views Who orders life in shifts of work and leisure.
I don't think my intelligence is naturally analytic or political.
It is difficult at times to repress the thought that history is about as instructive as an abattoir.
The amount of sensory material stored up or stored down in the brain's and the body's systems is inestimable. It's like a culture at the bottom of a jar, although it doesn't grow, I think, or help anything else to grow unless you find a way to reach it and touch it.
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.
Sonnet is about movement in a form.