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    Manifesting that order of poetry where we can at last grow up to that which we stored up as we grew.
    — Seamus Heaney
    tags: poetry 
     
    The kinds of truth that art gives us many, many times are small truths. They don't have the resonance of an encyclical from the Pope stating an eternal truth, but they partake of the quality of eternity. There is a sort of timeless delight in them.
    — Seamus Heaney
    tags: time  truth  eternity  quality 
     
    The amount of sensory material stored up or stored down in the brain's and the body's systems is inestimable. It's like a culture at the bottom of a jar, although it doesn't grow, I think, or help anything else to grow unless you find a way to reach it and touch it.
    — Seamus Heaney
    tags: culture  brain  help 
     
    A person from Northern Ireland is naturally cautious.
    — Seamus Heaney
    tags: people 
     
    In a war situation or where violence and injustice are prevalent, poetry is called upon to be something more than a thing of beauty.
    — Seamus Heaney
    tags: beauty  violence  war  poetry 
     
    In Northern Ireland, helicopters are not usually used to promote poetry.
    — Seamus Heaney
    tags: poetry 
     
    In poetry, everything can be faked but the intensity of utterance.
    — Seamus Heaney
    tags: poetry 
     
    Since I was a schoolboy, I've been used to being recognized on the road by old and young, and being bantered with and, indeed, being taunted.
    — Seamus Heaney
    tags: young 
     
    What I've said before, only half in joke, is that everybody in Ireland is famous. Or, maybe better, say everybody is familiar.
    — Seamus Heaney
    Sonnet is about movement in a form.
    — Seamus Heaney
    The faking of feelings is a sin against the imagination.
    — Seamus Heaney
    tags: sin  imagination 
     
    I'm very conscious that people dear to me are alive in my imagination - poets in particular.
    — Seamus Heaney
    I'm not personally obsessed with death. At a certain age, the light that you live in is inhabited by the shades - it 'tis.
    — Seamus Heaney
    tags: death  live  age 
     
    Anyone born and bred in Northern Ireland can't be too optimistic.
    — Seamus Heaney
    In the United States, in poetry workshops, it's now quite a thing to make graduate students learn poems by heart.
    — Seamus Heaney
    tags: heart  learn  poetry  poem 
     
    Eternal life can mean utter reverence for life itself.
    — Seamus Heaney
    The kind of poet who founds and reconstitutes values is somebody like Yeats or Whitman - these are public value-founders.
    — Seamus Heaney
    tags: value  poet 
     
    My father and mother had no sense of entitlement for their children.
    — Seamus Heaney
    tags: children  child  father  mother 
     
    Yeats was 18th-century oratory, almost.
    — Seamus Heaney
    The experiment of poetry, as far as I am concerned, happens when the poem carries you beyond where you could have reasonably expected to go.
    — Seamus Heaney
    tags: poetry  poem 
     
    The experimental poetry thing is not my thing. It's a programme of the avant-garde: basically a refusal of the kind of poetry I write.
    — Seamus Heaney
    tags: poetry  write 
     
    Anybody serious about poetry knows how hard it is to achieve anything worthwhile in it.
    — Seamus Heaney
    tags: achieve  poetry 
     
    The gift of writing is to be self-forgetful, to get a surge of inner life or inner supply or unexpected sense of empowerment, to be afloat, to be out of yourself.
    — Seamus Heaney
    It's difficult to learn poems off by heart that don't rhyme.
    — Seamus Heaney
    tags: heart  learn  poem  rhyme 
     
    I suppose you could say my father's world was Thomas Hardy and my mother's D.H. Lawrence.
    — Seamus Heaney
    tags: world  father  mother 
     
    Your temperament is what you write with, but it's also how you deal with the world.
    — Seamus Heaney
    tags: world  write 
     
    I spend almost every morning with mail.
    — Seamus Heaney
    Tom Sleigh's poetry is hard-earned and well founded. I great admire the way it refuses to cut emotional corners and yet achieves a sense of lyric absolution.
    — Seamus Heaney
    We go to poetry, we go to literature in general, to be forwarded within ourselves.
    — Seamus Heaney
    tags: poetry  literature 
     
    The murder of Sean Brown hurt my soul.
    — Seamus Heaney
    tags: hurt  soul  murder 
     
    The poet is on the side of undeceiving the world.
    — Seamus Heaney
    tags: world  poet 
     
    My experience is that prose usually equals duty - last minute, overdue-deadline stuff or a panic lecture to be written.
    — Seamus Heaney
    tags: experience 
     
    I've been in the habit of helping people.
    — Seamus Heaney
    tags: people 
     
    I think of the bog as a feminine goddess-ridden ground, rather like the territory of Ireland itself.
    — Seamus Heaney
    I've said it before about the Nobel Prize: it's like being struck by a more or less benign avalanche. It was unexpected, unlooked for, and extraordinary.
    — Seamus Heaney
    If you go into an underground train in London - probably anywhere, but chiefly in London - there's that sense of almost entering a ghostly dimension. People are very still and quiet; they don't exchange many pleasantries.
    — Seamus Heaney
    tags: people 
     
    I came from a farming background, and my career was teaching.
    — Seamus Heaney
    tags: career  teaching 
     
    As a young poet, you need corroboration, and that's what publication does.
    — Seamus Heaney
    tags: young  poet 
     
    In a way, Anglo-Saxon poetry cannot be translated.
    — Seamus Heaney
    tags: poetry 
     
    To encounter 'Beowulf' is like taking a sledgehammer to a quarry face. You must bang in there.
    — Seamus Heaney
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    seamus heaney
    Birth    : April 13, 1939
    Death  : August 30, 2013
    Occupation  : Poet