Goodbye Seamus

Irish poet and Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney has died, age 74. I’m so sorry. In my very first English class in college we worked with his translation of Beowulf and his bog body poems. It has all stuck with me ever since, a permanent part of the inside of my head. Goodbye, Seamus. You will be missed.

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His poetry is easy to google. Here is his poem about the Tollund Man. I hope you made it to Aarhus, old boy.

Out here in Jutland
In the old man-killing parishes
I will feel lost,
Unhappy and at home.

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