Seamus Heaney

I rhyme
To see myself, to set the darkness echoing.

Seamus Justin Heaney (13 April 193930 August 2013) was a Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet.

SourcedEdit

My passport's green.
No glass of ours was ever raised
To toast The Queen.
Once in a lifetime
The longed for tidal wave
Of justice can rise up
And hope and history rhyme.

Death of a NaturalistEdit

  • The cold smell of potato mould, the squelch and slap
    Of soggy peat, the curt cuts of an edge
    Through living roots awaken in my head.
    But I've no spade to follow men like them.
    Between my finger and my thumb
    The squat pen rests.
    I'll dig with it.
  • God is a foreman with certain definite views
    Who orders life in shifts of work and leisure.
    • "Docker", line 10, from Death of a Naturalist.

The Cure of TroyEdit

  • Human beings suffer,
    they torture one another,
    they get hurt and get hard.

    No poem or play or song
    can fully right a wrong
    inflicted or endured.
  • History says don't hope
    On this side of the grave.
    But then, once in a lifetime
    The longed for tidal wave
    Of justice can rise up
    And hope and history rhyme.

    So hope for a great sea-change
    on the far side of revenge.
    Believe that a further shore
    is reachable from here.
    Believe in miracles
    and cures and healing wells.
    • "Doubletake", from The Cure at Troy (1990)
  • Call the miracle self-healing:
    The utter self-revealing
    double-take of feeling.

    If there's fire on the mountain
    Or lightning and storm
    And a god speaks from the sky

    That means someone is hearing
    the outcry and the birth-cry
    of new life at its term.

    • "Doubletake", from The Cure at Troy (1990)

OtherEdit

  • Is there life before death? That's chalked up
    In Ballymurphy. Competence with pain,
    Coherent miseries, a bite and a sup,
    We hug our little destiny again.
    • "Whatever You Say, Say Nothing", line 57, from North (1975).
  • I rhyme
    To see myself, to set the darkness echoing.
    • "Personal Helicon", line 19, from Eleven Poems (1965).

Quotes about HeaneyEdit

  • För ett författarskap av lyrisk skönhet och etiskt djup, som lyfter fram vardagens mirakler och det levande förflutna.
    • For works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past.
    • Heaney's 1995 Nobel diploma. [1] [2]

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