Friday, August 30, 2013

Irish poet Seamus Heaney has died

World-renowned Irish poet Seamus Heaney died early today, August 30, 2013, his family has confirmed. The Nobel Laureate, who was 74, had been in hospital after suffering a short illness. The award winning poet was born in April 13, 1939, the eldest of nine children, on a small farm called Mossbawn near Bellaghy in County Derry, Northern Ireland, and his upbringing often played out in the poetry he wrote in later years. He was educated at St Columb's College, Derry, a Catholic boarding school, and later at Queen's University Belfast, before making his home in Dublin, with periods of teaching in the US. Heaney was an honorary fellow at Trinity College Dublin and last year was bestowed with the Seamus Heaney Professorship in Irish Writing at the university, which he described as a great honor. His world renowned poetry first came to public attention in the mid-1960s with his first major collection, Death of a Naturalist, published in 1966. As the Troubles took hold later that decade, his experiences were seen through the darkened mood of his work. During his literary career he held prestigious posts at Oxford University and at Harvard in the US. He was the 1995 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature. Heaney is survived by his wife, Marie, and children, Christopher, Michael and Catherine Ann. Funeral arrangements are to be announced later.

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