Seamus Heaney

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Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney

A public expectation, it has to be said, not of poetry as such but of political positions variously approvable by mutually disapproving groups.More Seamus Heaney [08/14/2011 03:08:01]
As writers and readers, as sinners and citizens, our realism and our aesthetic sense make us wary of crediting the positive note.More Seamus Heaney [08/14/2011 03:08:06]
At home in Ireland, there's a habit of avoidance, an ironical attitude towards the authority figure.More Seamus Heaney [08/14/2011 03:08:11]
But that citizen's perception was also at one with the truth in recognizing that the very brutality of the means by which the IRA were pursuing change was destructive of the trust upon which new possibilities would have to be based.More Seamus Heaney [08/14/2011 03:08:16]
Even if the hopes you started out with are dashed, hope has to be maintained.More Seamus Heaney [08/14/2011 03:08:22]
Even if the last move did not succeed, the inner command says move again.More Seamus Heaney [08/14/2011 03:08:28]
I always believed that whatever had to be written would somehow get itself written.More Seamus Heaney [08/14/2011 03:08:33]
I credit poetry for making this space-walk possible.More Seamus Heaney [08/14/2011 03:08:38]
I have begun to think of life as a series of ripples widening out from an original center.More Seamus Heaney [08/14/2011 03:08:52]
I suppose you could say my father's world was Thomas Hardy and my mother's D.H. Lawrence.More Seamus Heaney [08/14/2011 03:08:56]
In fact, in lyric poetry, truthfulness becomes recognizable as a ring of truth within the medium itself.More Seamus Heaney [08/14/2011 03:08:06]
My point is there's a hidden Scotland in anyone who speaks the Northern Ireland speech. It's a terrific complicating factor, not just in Northern Ireland, but Ireland generally.More Seamus Heaney [08/14/2011 03:08:18]
Poetry is always slightly mysterious, and you wonder what is your relationship to it.More Seamus Heaney [08/14/2011 03:08:23]
The completely solitary self: that's where poetry comes from, and it gets isolated by crisis, and those crises are often very intimate also.More Seamus Heaney [08/14/2011 03:08:34]
The fact of the matter is that the most unexpected and miraculous thing in my life was the arrival in it of poetry itself - as a vocation and an elevation almost.More Seamus Heaney [08/14/2011 03:08:42]
The Ireland I now inhabit is one that these Irish contemporaries have helped to imagine.More Seamus Heaney [08/14/2011 03:08:47]
There is risk and truth to yourselves and the world before you.More Seamus Heaney [08/14/2011 03:08:58]
When I first encountered the name of the city of Stockholm, I little thought that I would ever visit it, never mind end up being welcomed to it as a guest of the Swedish Academy and the Nobel Foundation.More Seamus Heaney [08/14/2011 03:08:07]
Without needing to be theoretically instructed, consciousness quickly realizes that it is the site of variously contending discourses.More Seamus Heaney [08/14/2011 03:08:17]
Write whatever you like!More Seamus Heaney [08/14/2011 03:08:22]
Between my finger and my thumb The squat pen rests; snug as a gun. ~from the poem "DiggingMore Seamus Heaney [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
So hope for a great sea-change On the far side of revenge. Believe that further shore Is reachable from here. Believe in miracles And cures and healing wells.More Seamus Heaney [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I shall gain glory or die.More Seamus Heaney [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The main thing is to write for the joy of it. Cultivate a work-lust that imagines its haven like your hands at night dreaming the sun in the sunspot of a breast. You are fasted now, light-headed, dangerous. Take off from here.More Seamus Heaney [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The ability to start out upon your own impulse is
fundamental to the gift of keeping going upon your own
terms. . . . Getting started, keeping going, getting started
again in art and in life, it seems to me this is the essential rhythm.More Seamus Heaney [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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