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  1. I was very sad to read of the passing of Seamus Heaney this evening. I first encountered Heaney as an English Literature A Level student in 1987, being introduced to the novel concept of studying a writer who was still alive. I loved North. Then, on going up to college, on my first evening in the bar there was an awed atmosphere as Seamus Heaney himself stood at it, downing pints whilst brave dons joined him for a drink or two. After a fair while, I summoned up the courage to approach him and said I hoped I wasn't commiting some kind of heresy by speaking to him. Oh no, he said, why wo
  2. The next of the shortlisted books for the T S Eliot poetry prize. An introduction to Human Chain by Seamus Heaney.
  3. Okay, then. Here we go with some new poems. I've chosen two by Seamus Heaney, who is a great favourite of mine. One of the things I love about Heaney's poetry is that certainly in the early days you can track very clearly his progression as a poet - his uncertainty over this 'vocation' and how being a poet relates to his family and national identity. It's a painful and confusing journey, but you can track the incremental steps he takes towards poetic maturity. Digging Between my finger and my thumb The squat pen rests; as snug as a gun. Under my window a clean r
  4. After Antigone's brothers' deaths in battle, the new king, Creon, has ordered that one of them is not to be given a burial because he considers him a traitor. Antigone sees this edict as going against the gods' laws and defies Creon, burying her brother so that he can find his way to the underworld. When Creon discovers what she has done, he orders her put to death. Antigone's defiance of state law is a powerful allegory for rebellion against patriarchy. The fact that a woman carries out this rebellion and is later esteemed for it is a strong image for women and is one of the reasons I lik
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