Seamus Heaney

Standard Name: Heaney, Seamus
Birth Name: Seamus Justin Heaney
SH was the pre-eminent Irish poet of his generation, writing in a lucid style which is often dazzling and never obscure. A highly visible international figure in the later twentieth century and beyond, he was famously described by Robert Lowell as the most important Irish poet since Yeats . As well as his best-selling poetry volumes he published reviews, criticism, and dramatic writing.
McGreevy, Ronan. “Tributes paid to keeper of language Seamus Heaney”. The Irish Times.
Fox, Margaret, and James McKinley. “Keeper of the Irish Essence”. The Globe and Mail, p. S12.


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Instructor Eavan Boland
While she was at Trinity College she was taught by the poet Seamus Heaney .
Welch, Robert, and Bruce Stewart, editors. The Oxford Companion to Irish Literature. Clarendon, 1996.
Instructor Medbh McGuckian
At university, she was taught by Seamus Heaney , and met other poets including Michael Longley , Paul Muldoon , and Ciaran Carson . Her MA thesis on Irish nineteenth-century writers and Gothic fiction dealt...
Intertextuality and Influence Gillian Clarke
These complex poems share a deceptively simple surface. The title poem, about a day spent tending a sick child, is said by M. Wynn Thomas to mark the genesis of GC 's poetry, as an...
Intertextuality and Influence Elizabeth Bishop
The strength of EB 's influence on British and Irish poetry was variously recognised during the 1980s by Andrew Motion , Seamus Heaney , James Fenton , and Eavan Boland , and during the 1990s...
Intertextuality and Influence Catherine Byron
As an Irish poet, CB takes inspiration from traditional tales and myths, and from such Irish writers as W. B. Yeats and Seamus Heaney (though she does not consider either of them as role models...
Intertextuality and Influence Catherine Byron
Reflections on her own life are intertwined throughout CB 's journey, as she writes on her childhood experience of Catholicism, and her roles as mother, wife, lover, and Irish woman writer.
Byron, Catherine. Out of Step. Loxwood Stoneleigh, 1992.
She deals trenchantly...
Intertextuality and Influence Medbh McGuckian
MMG found the literary activity while she was at university very formative to her work, and notes that poets such as Seamus Heaney (her teacher), Michael Longley , Paul Muldoon , and Ciaran Carson all...
Literary responses Eavan Boland
The reception of this volume sealed EB 's reputation; but reviewers continued to define her by comparison with other, better-known poets like Adrienne Rich and Seamus Heaney .
Boland, Eavan. In a Time of Violence. Norton, 1994.
This was the third of her...
Literary responses Elizabeth Jennings
Seamus Heaney reviewed this book among a batch of others for the Times Literary Supplement. He welcomed the book's freedom from sensationalism or self-pity, but found the poems over-restrained(perhaps by the stranglehold of strictly...
Literary responses Medbh McGuckian
It bore an endorsement from Seamus Heaney : Her language is like the inner lining of consciousness.
The Gallery Press.
Occupation Elizabeth Bishop
After a six-month appointment at the University of Washington in Seattle in 1966, EB went on to teach on and off for years at Harvard and briefly at New York University .
Astley, Neil. “Elizabeth Bishop: A Bibliography; Elizabeth Bishop: Chronology”. Elizabeth Bishop: Poet of the Periphery, edited by Linda Anderson and Jo Shapcott, Bloodaxe Books, 2002, pp. 175 -00.
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Publishing John Millington Synge
A paperback edition from Serif published in 2005 bears on its back cover a passage in which Seamus Heaney writes with sympathetic imagination of Synge: Loneliness / Was his passport through the world.
Serif. Serif.
Synge, John Millington. Travels in Wicklow, West Kerry and Connemara. Serif, 2005.
Publishing Catherine Byron
CB co-edited a poetry anthology with John Lyons , entitled Northern Poetry, Volume1, in 1989. She reviews children's literature and poetry for the Times Educational Supplement. Authors she has reviewed there include Seamus Heaney
Reception Gillian Clarke
The poems in this volume include contributions by Ted Hughes , Seamus Heaney , and R. S. Thomas .
Reception Jane Gardam
As well as winning prizes or making short-lists for individual titles, JG has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature . She received the Heywood Hill lifetime award for literary achievement in...


In a league table of sales in verse for these years, published by the Guardian in October 2000, Ted Hughes was the highest with 172,174, Seamus Heaney second with 34,690, and Carol Ann Duffy third...