The Poet of Work and Delight
Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney, in the view of one critic, has succeeded because "his sense of responsibility extends to pleasure itself."
The source: “Seamus Heaney, Digging With the Pen” by Adam Kirsch, in Harvard Magazine, Nov.–Dec. 2006.
Seamus Heaney, born the eldest of nine children on a 50-acre farm in Northern Ireland, would seem an unlikely candidate for preeminent poet of his generation. Just a partial list of his accomplishments bears witness: author of 11 volumes of poetry, translator of an edition of Beowulf...