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“What matters is the shape-making impulse.” —Seamus Heaney

Was Eminem a prankster, an industry plant, a generational voice? (The last was asserted in 2003 by the Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney.) Were his lyrics truth or fantasy? Was he a public danger?

Want to get to know Joe Biden? @RonaldKlain  recommends five books, including What It Takes, an insider account on the Bork nomination and Seamus Heaney's adaptation of Sophocles: “Joe Biden has what he would describe as a very Irish soul”

Eavan Boland, a giant of Irish poetry, has died. I’ve always loved this poem of hers ‘Quarantine’ which was inspired by a story recorded during the Irish famine. It was also apparently a favourite of Seamus Heaney.

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‘Between my finger and my thumb The squat pen rests. I’ll dig with it.’ From the poetry archives, Jarvis Cocker reads Digging by Seamus Heaney.

Anything can happen, the tallest towers be overturned, those in high places daunted, those overlooked regarded. - Seamus Heaney

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A friend writes— One line from an interview Seamus Heaney gave in 1972 at the height of the Troubles has become the unofficial motto for covid-coping in Ireland: “If we winter this one out, we can summer anywhere." It's all over twitter & painted on banners hanging from windows.

Anything can happen, the tallest towers Be overturned, those in high places daunted, Those overlooked regarded. A few lines from Seamus Heaney that seem very relevant today.

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In today's #comfortandhope  @bbclysedoucet  reads from a poet whose works she has carried with her since leaving Canada. ‘The Cure At Troy’ by Seamus Heaney reminds her in the "darkest of times any light, no matter how small, burns so brightly" #R4Today 

'If we winter this one out, we can summer anywhere.' Seamus Heaney

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Twenty years ago today, the Good Friday Agreement, in Seamus Heaney’s words, “cleared a space for the miraculous.” I hope the people of Northern Ireland will continue to fill it, with an enduring peace, a strong democracy, and a growing economy—a truly shared future.

Let’s work together in the spirit of friendship and hope. As Seamus Heaney once wrote: History says, Don’t hope On this side of the grave, But then, once in a lifetime The longed-for tidal wave Of justice can rise up, And hope and history rhyme.

'If you have the words, there's always a chance that you'll find the way.' Seamus Heaney, died #onthisday  in 2013

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Five Seamus Heaney poems are being displayed on public transport to mark what would have been the poet's 80th birthday - and to remind people to take a moment and listen now again.

'You are neither here nor there, A hurry through which known and strange things pass As big soft buffetings come at the car sideways And catch the heart off guard and blow it open.' From 'Postscript' Remembering Seamus Heaney today on what would have been his 80th birthday.

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Take a minute out of your lunch to hear a beautiful rendition of Seamus Heaney's Postscript by Ireland's ambassador to the UK

For the kids marching today: History says, don't hope On this side of the grave. But then, once in a lifetime The longed-for tidal wave Of justice can rise up, And hope and history rhyme. (Seamus Heaney)

"Once in a lifetime the longed for tidal wave of justice can rise up, and hope and history rhyme." - Seamus Heaney

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