Seamus Heaney: Quotations
|Poetry ||Prose I ||Prose II |
|File 1 ||File 2 ||File 3|
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Seamus Heaney in interviews on Patrick Kavanagh, RTÉ (30 Nov. 1987) in RICORSO Gallery > Videos [with another by Brendan Kennelly] - as attached
Seamus Heaney reading Man and Boy from Seeing Things
(1991), accompanied by Spanish subtitles - at Dailymotion as a video - online
|Hear Heaney present his Nobel Award Acceptance Speech [online] and his reading of Clearances - iii, which was nominated Irelands most popular poem in 2016 [online]
|Hear Heaney's guest appearance as Sue Lawley's guest on Desert Island Discs (BBC4, 19 Nov. 1989) online - and another copy.
*Note: the Spanish subtitles translate debt (in feared debt all his life) as muerte.
In the light of the imagination - on Patrick Kavanagh, in (The Irish Times, 2004)
You have won renown: you are known to all men / far and near, now and forever. / Your sway is wide as the winds home, / as the sea around cliffs. (From Beowulf
- quoted in Seamus Heaney by Petri Liukkonen at the Kirjasto website [online
| ||Open Letter|
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Youll understand I draw the line
At being robbed of what is mine,
My patris, my deep design
To be at home
In my own place and dwell within
Its proper name.
Open Letter (Derry: Field Day Co. 1983), p.25-26.
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| ||Let go, let fly, forget |
Youve listened long enough
Now strike your note ...
—Station Island (1984).
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| ||[Chorus:] Human beings suffer …|
You would wonder if its meant…..
Whats the sense of it?
—The Cure at Troy (London: Faber 1990, p.13.)
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| ||The Cantonment of Expectation|
| ||What looks the strongest has outlived its term.|
The future lies with whats affirmed from under.
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So now, as a thank-offering for one
Whose long wait on the shaded bank has ended,
I arrive with my bunch of stalks and silvered heads
Like tapers that won’t dim
As her earthlight breaks and we gather round
Talking baby talk.
—from The Human Chain (2010)
Had I sufficient Irish in Rannafast
In 1953 to understand
The seanchas and dinnseanchas,
Had not been too young and too shy,
Had even heard the story about Caoilte
Hunting the fawn from Tory to a door
In a fairy hill where he wasnt turned away
But led to a crystal chair on the hill floor
While a girl with golden ringlets harped and sang,
Language and longing might have made a leap
Up through that cloud-swabbed air, the horizon lightened
And the far Lake of the Yew Tree gleamed.
—from Human Chain (2010).
See also sundry extracts from Dennis ODriscoll, Stepping Stones: Interviews with Seamus Heaney
(London: Faber & Faber 2008) [attached