Smile As you find a rhythm Working you, slow mile by mile, Into your proper haunt.

-Seamus Heaney
Seamus Heaney

I don't think my intelligence is naturally analytic or political. Seamus Heane

Seamus Heaney
My point is there's a hidden Scotland in anyone who speaks the Northern Ireland speech. It's a terrific complicating factor, not just in Northern Ireland, but Ireland generally.
Seamus Heaney

In a way, Anglo-Saxon poetry cannot be translated. Seamus He

Seamus Heaney
The next move is always the test.
Seamus Heaney

I'm very conscious that people dear to me are alive in my imagination - poets in particular. Seamus Heane

Seamus Heaney
It has as much to do with the energy released by linguistic fission and fusion, with the buoyancy generated by cadence and tone and rhyme and stanza, as it has to do with the poem'sconcerns or the poet's truthfulness.
Seamus Heaney

It is always better to avenge dear ones than to indulge in mourning. For every one of us, living in this world means waiting for our end. Let whoever can win glory before death. When a warrior is gone, that will be his best and only bulwark.

Seamus Heaney
To begin with, I wanted that truth to life to possess a concrete reliability, and rejoiced most when the poem seemed most direct, an upfront representation of the world it stood in for or stood up for or stood its ground against.
Seamus Heaney

On the contrary, a trust in the staying power and travel-worthiness of such good should encourage us to credit the possibility of a world where respect for the validity of every traditionwill issue in the creation and maintenance of a salubrious political space.

Seamus Heaney
Desmond O'Grady is one of the senior figures in Irish Literary life, exemplary in the way he has committed himself over the decades to the vocation of poetry and has lived selflessly for the art