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

-Seamus Heaney
Seamus Heaney

As a young poet, you need corroboration, and that's what publication does. Seamus He

Seamus Heaney
Once off the bush The fruit fermented, the sweet flesh would turn sour. I always felt like crying. It wasn't fair That all the lovely canfuls smelt of rot. Each year I hoped they'd keep, knew they would not. -Blackberry picking
Seamus Heaney

Wherever that man went, he went gratefully.

Seamus Heaney
Anyone born and bred in Northern Ireland can't be too optimistic. Seamus Heane
Seamus Heaney

We want the surprise to be transitive like the impatient thump which unexpectedly restores the picture to the television set, or the electric shock which sets the fibrillating heart back to its proper rhythm.

Seamus Heaney
My father and mother had no sense of entitlement for their children. Seamus Heane
Seamus Heaney

But the thing uttered by the speaker I strain towards is still not quite the story of what is going on; it is more reflexive than that, because as a poet I am in fact straining towards a strain, seeking repose in the stability conferred by a musically satisfying order of sounds.

Seamus Heaney
The kind of poet who founds and reconstitutes values is somebody like Yeats or Whitman - these are public value-founders.
Seamus Heaney

At home in Ireland, there's a habit of avoidance, an ironical attitude towards the authority figure.

Seamus Heaney
My experience is that prose usually equals duty - last minute, overdue-deadline stuff or a panic lecture to be written.