Seamus Justin Heaney, An Overview Of His Life And Accomplishments

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Seamus Justin Heaney was born in 1939 in County Derry in Northern Ireland. He grew up in the country, on a farm. He attended the local school and in 1951 went as a border to St Columb's College. In 1956 he went on a scholarship to Queen's University, Belfast and graduated with a first class degree in English Language and Literature in 1961. Seamus Heaney began to write in 1962, publishing first in Irish magazines. After a year as a postgraduate at a college of education, and a year teaching in a secondary modern school, he was appointed to the staff of St Joseph's College of Education. In 1966 Seamus Heaney took up a lecturing post in the ...view middle of the document...

During this period he produced the poems collected in 'North'. In September 1975 he resumed his teaching, this time at Carysfort College. Seamus Heaney has won numerous awards, including the Somerset Maugham Award, the Denis Devlin Award, the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize, the American Irish Foundation Literary Award and the WH Smith Annual Award. In 1987 he was awarded the Whitbread Poetry Award for the Haw Lantern. He was also awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in October 1995. In 1965 he married Marie Devlin and they have three children. He is currently the Ralph Waldo Emerson Poet-in-Residence at Harvard University where he goes to teach for six weeks every two years. From 1989-94 Seamus Heaney was Professor of Poetry at Oxford University. Faber and Faber published a collection of his Oxford Poetry Lectures entitled 'The Redress of Poetry' in September 1995. 'The Spirit Level', his first new collection of poems for five years, was published in May 1996. In 1997 'The School Bag' was published, a companion volume to 'The Rattle Bag'. 1999 saw the publication of his translation of 'Beowulf', which went on to win the Whitbread Book of the Year prize. His newest collection, 'Electric Light', was published in 2001.Heaney's biggest influences in his writing were Robert Frost and Ted Hughes. It was said that Heaney was "the most important Irish poet since Yeats". Seamus Heaney is one of the most popular poets in English today. Heaney is an accomplished poet and will without a doubt make his way through history.

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