27 Remarkable Seamus Heaney Quotes

27 Remarkable Seamus Heaney Quotes

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Seamus Heaney is a poet and playwright from Dublin, Ireland. Some of his most famous works of literature include Field Work, District and Circle, and Death of a Naturalist. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995. He died on August 30, 2013 at the age of 74.

“A public expectation, it has to be said, not of poetry as such but of political positions variously approvable by mutually disapproving groups.”

“As writers and readers, as sinners and citizens, our realism and our aesthetic sense make us wary of crediting the positive note.”

“But even so, none of the news of these world-spasms entered me as terror. ”

“Don’t be surprised if I demur, for, be advised my passport’s green.”

“Even if the hopes you started out with are dashed, hope has to be maintained.”

“Getting started, keeping going, getting started again – in art and in life, it seems to me this is the essential rhythm not only of achievement but of survival, the ground of convinced
action, the basis of self-esteem and the guarantee of credibility in your lives, credibility to yourselves as well as to others.”

“I credit poetry for making this space-walk possible.”

“I have begun to think of life as a series of ripples widening out from an original center. ”

“I rhyme to see myself, to set the darkness echoing. ”

“If self is a location, so is love.”

“In fact, in lyric poetry, truthfulness becomes recognizable as a ring of truth within the medium itself.”

“It has as much to do with the energy released by linguistic fission and fusion, with the buoyancy generated by cadence and tone and rhyme and stanza, as it has to do with the poem’s
concerns or the poet’s truthfulness.”

“It is difficult at times to repress the thought that history is about as instructive as an abattoir; that Tacitus was right and that peace is merely the desolation left behind after the
decisive operations of merciless power.”

“I’ve always associated the moment of writing with a moment of lift, of joy, of unexpected reward.”

“Manifesting that order of poetry where we can at last grow up to that which we stored up as we grew.”

“On the contrary, a trust in the staying power and travel-worthiness of such good should encourage us to credit the possibility of a world where respect for the validity of every tradition
will issue in the creation and maintenance of a salubrious political space.”

“Suspect too much sweet talk but never close your mind. ”

“The external reality and inner dynamic of happenings in Northern Ireland between 1968 and 1974 were symptomatic of change, violent change admittedly, but change nevertheless, and for the
minority living there, change had been long overdue.”

“The next move is always the test.”

“Then as the years went on and my listening became more deliberate, I would climb up on an arm of our big sofa to get my ear closer to the wireless speaker.”

“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.”

“The Ireland I now inhabit is one that these Irish contemporaries have helped to imagine.”

“Without needing to be theoretically instructed, consciousness quickly realizes that it is the site of variously contedning discourses.”

“At home in Ireland, there’s a habit of avoidance, an ironical attitude torwards the authority figure.”

“Whether it be a matter of personal relations within a marriage or political initiatives within a peace process, there is no sure fire do it yourself kit. ”

“The completely solitary self: that’s where poetry comes from and it gets isolated by crisis. ”

“Write whatever you like!”