Seamus Heaney Noted Irish Poet Dies

A collection of works by Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney, at the age of 74, died this morning at a hospital in Dublin after complications from a short illness.

“Heaney was widely recognized as one of the major poets of the twentieth century. Heaney attracted a readership on several continents and won prestigious literary awards and honors, including the Nobel Prize. Heaney’s poetry is known for its aural beauty and finely-wrought textures. Often described as a regional poet, he was also a traditionalist who deliberately gestured back towards the “pre-modern” worlds of William Wordsworth and John Clare” (

The Department of Special Collections and University Archives honors the memory of this great poet. The department collects a large number of Heaney’s works and welcomes visitors who wish to see the works of this great literary figure.

For more on Seamus Heaney’s life visit this website.

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