Know Your History – 13th April – Seamus Heaney born

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13th April, 1939 – Seamus Heaney born

Seamus Justin Heaney, MRIA (13 April 1939 – 30 August 2013) was an Irish poet, playwright, translator and lecturer, and the recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature. In the early 1960s, he became a lecturer in Belfast after attending university there and began to publish poetry. He lived in Sandymount, Dublin, from 1976 until his death. Following his receiving the 2012 Griffin Poetry Prize, Heaney was recognized as one of the principal contributors to poetry in the early 21st century.

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Robert Lowell described him as “the most important Irish poet since Yeats”, and many others, including the academic John Sutherland, have echoed the sentiment that he was “the greatest poet of our age”.Robert Pinsky has stated that “with his wonderful gift of eye and ear Heaney has the gift of the story-teller.”Upon his death in 2013, The Independent described him as “probably the best-known poet in the world.”

Did You Know?

Seamus Heaney was a professor at both Harvard and Oxford.

 

Sources – Wikipedia

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