Seamus Heaney: The Redress of Poetry


  • Paul O'Brien


Seamus Heaney was born in County Derry in 1939. He was perhaps the finest lyrical poet of his generation and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995. He had a popular and loyal readership. In the year before he died, Heaney's books made up two-thirds of the sales of living poets in the UK.1 He was an adept, even charismatic, reader of his own poems at the many public readings he gave all over the world.