Seamus Heaney, poet of earth and spirit

I started reading Seamus Heaney's Beowulf on the way to my first cross-country meet in 8th grade. I didn't know anything about the story—I didn't even know that the language printed on the other side of the English translation was even a form of

Noted Irish poet had long and deep ties to Harvard | Irish poet Seamus Heaney, the 1995 Nobel laureate in literature with longtime ties to Harvard, died Aug. 30 in Ireland at age 74.

Seamus Heaney, acclaimed by many as the best Irish poet since WB Yeats, has died aged 74. Heaney was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995 "for works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past".

When I first walked into the offices of Amnesty International's global headquarters in London, the words of the son of a farmer from Derry were written on the wall. Seamus Heaney, the greatest Irish poet of his generation, 

In 1996, I asked Seamus Heaney if he could please send me a poem for a new magazine to be called “Slate.” It was a weird request, it took some trust on his part. For one thing, the word “magazine” would be in psychological quotation marks, and the