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John Hollander obituary

American poet admired for his technical virtuosity The American poet John Hollander, who has died aged 83, was a master of verse whose technical virtuosity and intellectual underpinnings were highly...

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An early Guardian interview with Seamus Heaney from the archive

Poet speaks frankly at the 1974 Cheltenham Festival of Literature about his work. Read the full article. Two years earlier, Heaney addressed the proposition: 'I am an Irish poet. What does it mean?'...

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Seamus Heaney: readers' tributes and reactions

Readers, poets, authors and celebrities pay tribute to the Nobel-winning poet who died today Guardian readers Hannah Freeman

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Seamus Heaney reads from Human Chain – books podcast

Seamus Heaney, who has died aged 74, won the Forward prize for poetry in 2010 with his last collection, Human Chain. Here he reads a selection of poems from the collection at the Poetry Prom in...

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Seamus Heaney obituary

Irish poet and Nobel laureate whose lines of love and loss took inspiration from his childhood in Derry In 2009, as part of the extensive celebrations in Ireland for his 70th birthday, RTÉ broadcast a...

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Doonreagan: Ted Hughes and Assia Wevill's escape to Ireland

He started work on his greatest verse cycle; she painted, wrote and danced. Laura Barnett reports on a new play trying to uncover the truth about the relationship between the poet and his married...

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Seamus Heaney's books were events in our lives

In a time of burnings and bombings Heaney used poetry to offer an alternative world; he gave example by his seriousness, his honesty, his thoughtfulness, his generosity Two years ago I invited Seamus...

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Seamus Heaney's death 'leaves breach in language itself'

Tributes flow in from fellow writers after poet who won Nobel prize for literature dies in Dublin aged 74 He was a snowy-haired, craggy mountain of a man; a man who radiated granite integrity and deep...

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Seamus Heaney: a great and generous soul whose genius overrode fear and...

Heaney reconciled in himself two traditions often seen as being in irreconcilable conflict Great poets, supposedly, should be mad and bad: tormented, tempestuous and at least a little demented. Seamus...

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Sean O'Hagan: 'Field Work spoke of a world I knew and had just left behind'

How Seamus Heaney's descriptions of life during the Troubles called to mind raw personal experience I'd just started studying for an English degree in London in 1979 when Seamus Heaney's Field Work...

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Bono on Seamus Heaney: 'His words have kept me afloat'

The U2 frontman talks about the strength he draws from Seamus Heaney's poetry Every meeting I've ever had since I began full-time advocacy, I have brought with me a book of Seamus Heaney's poems. I...

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Seamus Heaney will lie in the Derry soil that inspired his greatest work

After his funeral in Dublin, the poet and Nobel laureate will make his final journey to the village where he grew up Seamus Heaney will be laid to rest in the same County Derry soil which his father...

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Seamus Heaney remembered

Seamus Heaney, who has died at the age of 74, was a poet of immense power, a brilliant intellect, an inspiration to others – and the best of company My first thought on hearing the immeasurably sad...

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Seamus Heaney's funeral draws hundreds of mourners

Irish president and taoiseach and members of U2 are among those remembering 'great democrat' at Dublin service Seamus Heaney was a "great democrat" who could mix with kings, presidents and the...

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Robert Macfarlane leads Warwick prize shortlist

Man Booker prize judge experiences life on the list as his travelogue The Old Ways vies with poetry and fiction for £25,000 award History, science, poetry and fiction books are vying for the £25,000...

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Poem of the week: Łódź by Sujata Bhatt

This meditation on horror and healing, set in a Jewish cemetery that was part of the Łódź Ghetto, achieves a tentative blessing Sujata Bhatt's newly published Collected Poems explores, with remarkable...

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Seamus Heaney's last words were 'Noli timere', son tells funeral

Poet texted Latin phrase meaning 'don't be afraid' to wife minutes before he died, says Michael Heaney His voice quavering, the son of Seamus Heaney has told mourners of his father's final words,...

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Seamus Heaney: my travels with the great poet

Seamus Heaney was a great poet and friend, says Andrew O'Hagan, as he relives their travels in Scotland, Ireland and Wales – tucking into chowder and contemplating the afterlife He was simply a source...

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Letter: Seamus Heaney's poem for a shoeless lady

After taking part in a poetry programme for BBC School Radio, Seamus Heaney and I repaired to the George pub, round the corner from the BBC, with the producer Stuart Evans and his wife, Kay. We then...

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Paul Kelly: 'The words are never easy. It's still a beast to wrestle' -...

The Australian singer-songwriter on his new song cycle Conversations with Ghosts, that takes poetry as its inspiration He might be hailed as one of Australia's greatest lyricists, but Paul Kelly is...

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