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Seamus Heaney Nobel-Winning Irish Poet Has Died

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Seamus Heaney, 74, died Friday in a Dublin hospital some 18 years after he won the Nobel Prize in literature and gained global recognition as Ireland’s greatest poet since William Butler Yeats.

As one of the world’s premier classicists, he translated and interpreted ancient works of Athens and Rome for modern eyes and ears. His most quoted line, “the far side of revenge” came from “The Cure at Troy,” a 1991 adaptation of a Greek play by Sophocles set in the Trojan War.
“We cannot adequately express our profound sorrow at the loss of one of the world’s greatest writers,” said Heaney’s London publisher, Faber & Faber. “His impact on literary culture is immeasurable. As his publisher we could not have been prouder to publish his poetry over nearly 50 years. He was nothing short of an inspiration to the company, and his friendship over many years is a great loss.”
A sad day for all who love words. What is your favorite Heaney poem?

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