Someone said :
RIP to Seamus Heaney. I know he was a great poet and I could tell that and 'feel' it from reading him but... I don't know it never spoke to me. I never got goosebumps or sobbed.
If he never spoke to you, how do you know
he was a great poet?
Because people who seem to know what they are talking about say he's great?
Give yourself some credit.
Your opinion is as valid as theirs.
In any art form, nothing can be proven to be good or bad - it is all just opinion and believe you me, a lot of those who proclaim him to be great - they are just pretending that they get
him because they are insecure.
If a poet never spoke to me I'd say his work does nothing for me and I wouldn't feel inferior for expressing that reality.
People too easily get caught up in the "myth" about particular artists.
Give me Charles Bukowski or John Darnielle any day over Seamus Heaney.
Edit: Sorry Tripper, this isn't meant as a personal attack on you and I'm not saying you feel inferior.