To the love of poems. One of the greatest poets of our age. Seamus Heaney was awarded Nobel Prize in Literature (1995) for works of lyrical beauty, depth which exalt every day miracles. Credited poetry with the power to persuade vulnerable parts of our consciousness.
Poetry so close to thought, to our world, to emotions. (John Banville)
More than any other poet since Wordsworth, he makes us understand the outside world is not outside, but what we are made of. (John Carey)
Heaney’s voice is mythological & journalistic, rural & sophisticated, reminiscent & impatient, stern & yielding, curt & expansive. (Helen Vendler)