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Seamus Heaney in Lowell


13 April 1939 – 30 August 2013

Seamus Heaney was a poet and translator and received the 1995 Nobel Prize for Literature. Born in Bellaghy, Derry, Northern Ireland, he grew up on a farm. He moved to the Republic of Ireland in 1976 and lived the rest of his life there, with intermittent residence in the U.S. between 1981-2006. He died in Dublin, Republic of Ireland and was an Irish citizen.

In 1982, when Seamus Heaney read his work in Lowell, he was a visiting professor at Harvard. He ultimately became a tenured professor and poet in residence at Harvard.

He is buried in Northern Ireland.


Ted Hughes ("Suddenly, the matter of contemporary poetry was the material of my own life,") 
Patrick Kavanagh

W.B. Yeats
William Wordsworth

Source: Wikipedia

UMass Lowell Coursework

University of Lowell Continuing Education Catalog Summer 1990

42.406 Poetry II

"This class is for those with some previous experience reading, writing, and criticizing poetry. Last year, the students ranged from  semi professionals to budding writers; from undergraduate English majors to learners in retirement

The beautifully-designed classrooms at the Mogan Center provide the setting; explorations of historic Lowell provide the back-drop; and readings in contemporary poets such as Elizabeth Bishop, Seamus Heaney, Maxine Kumin, Charles Simic, and W.H. Auden provide the inspiration for this intensive poetry workshop. There will be some attention paid to the formal properties of verse, and an emphasis on voice, imagery and lyricism. In addition to finding a kindred professional poet you will explore your creative process as you discuss your works in class. Karen Propp, who has published poems in the Agni Review, Antioch Review, Ironwood, Ploughshares and Quarry West and has a Ph.D. from the writing program at the University of Utah, teaches Poetry II."

Books by Seamus Heaney

Beowulf a New Verse Translation Bilingual Edition
field work poems by seamus heaney
Preoccupations Selected Prose 1968-1978
Station Island
Poems, 1965-1975
The Spirit Level
The Redress of Poetry
Selected Poems 1988-2013
Death of a Naturalist
Electric Light
Opened Ground: selected poems 1966-1996
The Place of Writing

Heaney reads his Poetry at the 92nd Street Y on Sept 26, 2011

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Critical and Scholarly Books

Interview with Poet Seamus Heaney (on Beowulf). 2000

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