Seamus Heaney in His Own Words

Trying to write something to mark the passing of Seamus Heaney at the age of 74 is a task few would want to take up, as he was Ireland’s greatest living poet, which would by default make him one of the finest poets the English language has known since the publication of his 1966 collection Death of a Naturalist. News of the beloved 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature winner’s death spread across the internet quickly this morning, with obituaries to 140-character tributes and lines of his work tweeted by those who admired him.

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Since there aren’t many words I can write that would do the life or work of Heaney justice, sharing Heaney’s words might be the most fitting tribute we can offer to him.

“Digging”