Academic journal article Field

Seamus Heaney: A Field Symposium

Academic journal article Field

Seamus Heaney: A Field Symposium

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When we lost Seamus Heaney at the end of August 2013, the sense of bereavement, which was also a sense of celebration for a life's accomplishment, was global. This Irish poet, translator, and playwright was a beloved figure, not least because he handled his fame with such grace and modesty. From his beginnings on a small family farm (small farm, large family!) in County Derry, to his Nobel Laureateship and international fame was a long and even improbable journey, as he himself often noted, but its arc was consistent and reassuring, a testimony to the concept that important makers of art need not be doomed or tragic figures. To have Heaney be both a major poet and a thoroughly decent human being was a gift for all of us, so that his loss, while deeply mourned, was not flavored by regret for a life unfulfilled or blemished.

While many celebrations of Heaney's life and work have occurred in the year following his death, we feel there's nothing superfluous or redundant about the present symposium. …

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