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Seamus Heaney Quotes: "Nowadays, what an award gives is a sense of solidarity with the poetry guild, as it were: sustenance coming from the assent of your peers on the judging panel."

Nowadays, what an award gives is a sense of solidarity with the poetry guild, as it were: sustenance coming from the assent of your peers on the judging panel.




Seamus Heaney Quotes: "I credit poetry for making this space-walk possible."

I credit poetry for making this space-walk possible.



Seamus Heaney Quotes: "Manifesting that order of poetry where we can at last grow up to that which we stored up as we grew."

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



Seamus Heaney Quotes: "Dylan Thomas is now as much a case history as a chapter in the history of poetry."

Dylan Thomas is now as much a case history as a chapter in the history of poetry.




Seamus Heaney Quotes: "A public expectation, it has to be said, not of poetry as such but of political positions variously approvable by mutually disapproving groups."

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



Seamus Heaney Quotes: "The completely solitary self: that's where poetry comes from, and it gets isolated by crisis, and those crises are often very intimate also."

The completely solitary self: that's where poetry comes from, and it gets isolated by crisis, and those crises are often very intimate also.



Seamus Heaney Quotes: "Poetry is always slightly mysterious, and you wonder what is your relationship to it."

Poetry is always slightly mysterious, and you wonder what is your relationship to it.




Seamus Heaney Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "And a young prince must be prudent like that, giving freely while his father livesso that afterwards, in age when fighting startssteadfast companions will stand by himand hold the line."

And a young prince must be prudent like that, giving freely while his father livesso that afterwards, in age when fighting startssteadfast companions will stand by himand hold the line.



Seamus Heaney Quotes: "In the United States, in poetry workshops, it's now quite a thing to make graduate students learn poems by heart."

In the United States, in poetry workshops, it's now quite a thing to make graduate students learn poems by heart.



Seamus Heaney Quotes: "In poetry, everything can be faked but the intensity of utterance."

In poetry, everything can be faked but the intensity of utterance.




Seamus Heaney Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "Poetry is a domestic art, most itself when most at home."

Poetry is a domestic art, most itself when most at home.



Seamus Heaney Quotes: "Poetry is more a threshold than a path."

Poetry is more a threshold than a path.



Seamus Heaney Quotes: "As writers and readers, as sinners and citizens, our realism and our aesthetic sense make us wary of crediting the positive note."

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



Seamus Heaney Quotes: "In fact, in lyric poetry, truthfulness becomes recognizable as a ring of truth within the medium itself."

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



Seamus Heaney Quotes: "At home in Ireland, there's a habit of avoidance, an ironical attitude towards the authority figure."

At home in Ireland, there's a habit of avoidance, an ironical attitude towards the authority figure.



Seamus Heaney Quotes: "I don't think my intelligence is naturally analytic or political."

I don't think my intelligence is naturally analytic or political.



Seamus Heaney Quotes: "We go to poetry, we go to literature in general, to be forwarded within ourselves."

We go to poetry, we go to literature in general, to be forwarded within ourselves.



Seamus Heaney Quotes: "The way we are living, timorous or bold, will have been our life."

The way we are living, timorous or bold, will have been our life.



Seamus Heaney Quotes: "Poetry is what we do to break bread with the dead."

Poetry is what we do to break bread with the dead.



Seamus Heaney Quotes: "Since when, " he asked, "Are the first line and last line of any poemWhere the poem begins and ends?"

Since when, " he asked, "Are the first line and last line of any poemWhere the poem begins and ends?



Seamus Heaney Quotes: "More than loud acclaim, I loveBooks, silence, thought, my alcove.Pangur BánPoem by Anon Irish Monk, Translated by Seamus Heaney"

More than loud acclaim, I loveBooks, silence, thought, my alcove.Pangur BánPoem by Anon Irish Monk, Translated by Seamus Heaney



Seamus Heaney Quotes: "I rhymeTo see myself, to set the darkness echoing."

I rhymeTo see myself, to set the darkness echoing.



Seamus Heaney Quotes: "Fate goes ever as fate must."

Fate goes ever as fate must.



Seamus Heaney Quotes: "If poetry and the arts do anything, they can fortify your inner life, your inwardness."

If poetry and the arts do anything, they can fortify your inner life, your inwardness.



Seamus Heaney Quotes: "What I've said before, only half in joke, is that everybody in Ireland is famous. Or, maybe better, say everybody is familiar."

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 Quotes: "In a way, Anglo-Saxon poetry cannot be translated."

In a way, Anglo-Saxon poetry cannot be translated.



Seamus Heaney Quotes: "I spend almost every morning with mail."

I spend almost every morning with mail.



Seamus Heaney Quotes: "words...To lure the tribal shoals to epigram / And order."

words...To lure the tribal shoals to epigram / And order.



Seamus Heaney Quotes: "He sits, strong and blunt as a Celtic cross, Clearly used to silence and an armchair: Tonight the wife and children will be quiet At slammed door and smoker's cough in the hall."

He sits, strong and blunt as a Celtic cross, Clearly used to silence and an armchair: Tonight the wife and children will be quiet At slammed door and smoker's cough in the hall.



Seamus Heaney Quotes: "There is risk and truth to yourselves and the world before you."

There is risk and truth to yourselves and the world before you.



Seamus Heaney Quotes: "The faking of feelings is a sin against the imagination."

The faking of feelings is a sin against the imagination.



Seamus Heaney Quotes: "I'm very conscious that people dear to me are alive in my imagination - poets in particular."

I'm very conscious that people dear to me are alive in my imagination - poets in particular.



Seamus Heaney Quotes: "Don’t have the veins bulging in your biro."

Don’t have the veins bulging in your biro.



Seamus Heaney Quotes: "Believe that a further shore is reachable from here."

Believe that a further shore is reachable from here.



Seamus Heaney Quotes: "Sink every impulse like a bolt. Secure The bastion of sensation. Do not waver Into language. Do not waver in it."

Sink every impulse like a bolt. Secure The bastion of sensation. Do not waver Into language. Do not waver in it.



Seamus Heaney Quotes: "I suppose I'm saying that defiance is actually part of the lyric job"

I suppose I'm saying that defiance is actually part of the lyric job



Seamus Heaney Quotes: "In Northern Ireland, helicopters are not usually used to promote poetry."

In Northern Ireland, helicopters are not usually used to promote poetry.



Seamus Heaney Quotes: "If you have the words, there's always a chance that you'll find the way."

If you have the words, there's always a chance that you'll find the way.



Seamus Heaney Quotes: "I'm a firm believer in learning by heart."

I'm a firm believer in learning by heart.



Seamus Heaney Quotes: "Anybody serious about poetry knows how hard it is to achieve anything worthwhile in it."

Anybody serious about poetry knows how hard it is to achieve anything worthwhile in it.



Seamus Heaney Quotes: "Even if the hopes you started out with are dashed, hope has to be maintained."

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



Seamus Heaney Quotes: "History says, Don’t hopeOn this side of the grave, But then, once in a lifetimeThe longed-for tidal waveOf justice can rise up, And hope and history rhyme"

History says, Don’t hopeOn this side of the grave, But then, once in a lifetimeThe longed-for tidal waveOf justice can rise up, And hope and history rhyme



Seamus Heaney Quotes: "All I know is a door into the dark"

All I know is a door into the dark



Seamus Heaney Quotes: "I can't think of a case where poems changed the world, but what they do is they change people's understanding of what's going on in the world."

I can't think of a case where poems changed the world, but what they do is they change people's understanding of what's going on in the world.



Seamus Heaney Quotes: "In a war situation or where violence and injustice are prevalent, poetry is called upon to be something more than a thing of beauty."

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 Quotes: "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."

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.