The novelist Seamus Heaney died at the age of 74 . Below is all you want to know, and more!
Biography - A Short Wiki
Northern Irish-born author and poet who won the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature. His best known works include Death of a Naturalist (1966), a modern translation of Beowulf (1999), and Field Work (1979).
He was one of nine children born to Patrick Heaney and Margaret Kathleen McCann. Later, he had two sons of his own with his wife, Marie Heaney.
“Loyalism, or Unionism, or Protestantism, or whatever you want to call it, in Northern Ireland – it operates not as a class system, but a caste system.” (Seamus Heaney)
“Every time you read a poem aloud to yourself in the presence of others, you are reading it into yourself and them. Voice helps to carry words farther and deeper than the eye.” (Seamus Heaney)
“I have always thought of poems as stepping stones in one’s own sense of oneself. Every now and again, you write a poem that gives you self-respect and steadies your going a little bit farther out in the stream. At the same time, you have to conjure the next stepping stone because the stream, we hope, keeps flowing.” (Seamus Heaney)
“I’m very conscious that people dear to me are alive in my imagination – poets in particular.” (Seamus Heaney)
“Your temperament is what you write with, but it’s also how you deal with the world.” (Seamus Heaney)