August 23: Seamus Heaney

August 23: Seamus Heaney's "Digging" | Daily Literary Quotes from Literary Cobblestones
August 23: Seamus Heaney’s “Digging” | Daily Literary Quotes from Literary Cobblestones

Hello Cobblers!

Today we celebrate the work of the Irish poet and Noble Prize winner Seamus Heaney. Heaney is one of my favorite poets because I can enjoy him just as much when I’m reading him purely for entertainment/leisure as I do when I’m studying him on an academic level.

Here’s the goodies for today:

As per usual, a fantastic interview from the Paris Review: “Seamus Heaney, The Art of Poetry No.75.”

A digital copy of Heaney’s “Digging” from the Poetry Foundation, which includes an audio version: “Digging”.

When Heaney passed in 2013, the Wall Street Journal published a video of Heaney reading “Digging” at Villanova University in 2010: “Seamus Heaney Reads His Poem ‘Digging’ “. 

Heaney was also a big fan of “Beowulf”, so much so that he actually wrote his own translation of the epic poem. Norton has actually published the forward from Heaney’s translation, also by Heaney, on their website to view for free: “Seamus Heaney on ‘Beowulf’ “. 

There are two things that always seem to creep up on the Literary Cobblestone posts: 1. An interview from the Paris Review; and 2. A morbid fact or article.

Today’s slightly morbid, but kind of heartwarming, article is a more recent event – his headstone. This past month, Heaney’s headstone was finally revealed: “Seamus Heaney: Headstone for poet’s grave unveiled.

The weekend is over, but the books still need to be read.

Good day.


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