Seamus Heaney

Quick Facts

Full NameSeamus Justin Heaney
Birth DateApril 13, 1939
BirthplaceTamniaran, near Castledawson, Northern Ireland
Death DateAugust 30, 2013
Place of DeathBlackrock, Dublin, Ireland
Resting PlaceSt. Mary’s Church, Bellaghy, Northern Ireland
OccupationPoet, playwright, translator
Alma MaterQueen’s University Belfast
Notable Works– “Death of a Naturalist” (1966) – Nobel Prize in Literature (1995) – “The Gravel Walks” (epitaph on his headstone)
SpouseMarie Devlin (married in 1965)
Notable Quotes“Walk on air against your better judgement” (from “The Gravel Walks”)
Academic Positions– Lecturer at St. Joseph’s College, Belfast – Professor at Harvard University (1981–1997) – Poet in Residence at Harvard (1988–2006) – Professor of Poetry at Oxford (1989–1994)
Awards– Commandeur of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (1996) – Saoi of Aosdána (1998)
Notable Works– “Death of a Naturalist” (1966) – “Mid-Term break” (poem) – “The Blackbird of Glanmore” (poem)
Literary InfluenceRobert Lowell described him as “the most important Irish poet since Yeats”.
Legacy– Considered one of the greatest poets of his generation – His work is highly influential and widely studied in literary circles
Place of Residence– Sandymount, Dublin, Ireland (from 1976 until his death) – Part-time in the United States (1981–2006)
Notable Associations– Associated with Bellaghy GAA Club – Wrote poems related to Gaelic football and cultural life in Northern Ireland

Seamus Heaney Books

Death of a Naturalist1966
The Cure at Troy1990
Human Chain2010
Field Work1979
Bog poems1975
Station Island1984
Crediting Poetry1995
District and Circle2006
100 Poems2018
Door into the Dark1969
The Letters of Seamus Heaney
The Haw Lantern1987
Opened Ground: Selected Poems, 1966-19961998
Wintering Out1972
Sweeney Astray1983
Opened Ground: Poems 1966–19961998
Aeneid Book VI2018
The Redress of Poetry1990
The Translations of Seamus Heaney
The government of the tongue1989
Beacons at Bealtaine
Finders keepers2002
Selected Poems 1988-20131990
Something to Write Home About: A Meditation for Television2001
Poems, 1965-19751973
North: Poems1998
Hedge School: Sonnets from Glanmore1979
The Testament of Cresseid: A Retelling of Robert Henryson’s Poem2004
Anything can happen: a poem and essay1940
A Boy Driving His Father to Confession1970
The Last Walk
Field Work: Faber Modern Classics1979
The Tree Clock1990
Sounding lines2000
Writer and Righter2010
Cork Literary Review2001
Barrie Cooke: claoclo.́1992
The Riverbank Field2007
Poèmes, 1966-19841988
Canopy: A Work for Voice and Light in Harvard Yard1997
Canadian Writ Ref 5e&writing about Lit 2e 09 MLA Upd&bedford Gloss Crit&lit 3e&day in Life Ivan Den&opened Ground&taming of Shrew
Preoccupations: Selected Prose, 1968-19781980

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