( b. Apr 13, 1939 Londonderry, IRELAND - d. Aug 30, 2013 Dublin, IRELAND ) Male
Seamus Heaney was an Irish poet whose lyrical beauty and ethical depth won him the Nobel Prize in 1995 and gave him a prominence far beyond literary circles. Excerpts from his poetry were used in 2000's Riverdance - On Broadway.
His poems often mined the images of his childhood -- the peat bogs, small towns and potato farms -- and, in collections like 1975's "North," delved into the sectarian violence that was ripping the North apart, exploring its sorrows and causes, though he avoided becoming a spokesman for the Republican cause.
As his reputation grew in the 1980s and 1990s, he remained an accessible and public writer, a respected translator, broadcaster and, most importantly, a prolific poet with a gifted eye. Publishing more than a dozen major collections of poems between 1966 and 2010, he rose to become one of the most distinctive literary voices of the 20th century. Robert Lowell described him as the "most important Irish poet since Yeats."
Source: The New York Times obituary
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