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Seamus Heaney


"Only the very stupid or the very deprived can any longer help knowing that the documents of civilization have been written in blood and tears, blood and tears no less real for being very remote. And when this intellectual predisposition co-exists with the actualities of Ulster and Israel and Bosnia and Rwanda and a host of other wounded spots on the face of the earth, the inclination is not only not to credit human nature with much constructive potential but not to credit anything too positive in the work of art." (extract from Heaney's Nobel Lecture, 1995)

Read the full lecture

Overview from the Internet Poetry Archive
A valuable review of Heaney's work from The New York Times (login needed)
To see some of the inspiration for Heaney's 'bog poems', look at the images and read about Grauballe Man here
These sites are about similar Iron Age burials found in Irish peat bogs