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# 1 : Friday 30-8-2013 @ 12:24
 
 
Which of his words will never leave you?

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# 2 : Friday 30-8-2013 @ 12:27
 
 
'I returned to a long strand,
the hammered curve of a bay,
and found only the secular
powers of the Atlantic thundering.

I faced the unmagical
invitations of Iceland,
the pathetic colonies
of Greenland, and suddenly

those fabulous raiders,
those lying in Orkney and Dublin
measured against
their long swords rusting,

those in the solid
belly of stone ships,
those hacked and glinting
in the gravel of thawed streams

were ocean-deafened voices
warning me, lifted again
in violence and epiphany.
The longship’s swimming tongue

was buoyant with hindsight—
it said Thor’s hammer swung
to geography and trade,
thick-witted couplings and revenges,

the hatreds and behind-backs
of the althing, lies and women,
exhaustions nominated peace,
memory incubating the spilled blood.

It said, ‘Lie down
in the word-hoard, burrow
the coil and gleam
of your furrowed brain.

Compose in darkness.
Expect aurora borealis
in the long foray
but no cascade of light.

Keep your eye clear
as the bleb of the icicle,
trust the feel of what nubbed treasure
your hands have known.’
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# 3 : Friday 30-8-2013 @ 14:24
 
 
Eh title typo much?
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# 4 : Friday 30-8-2013 @ 14:33
 
 
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# 5 : Friday 30-8-2013 @ 16:24
 
 
Someone said :
Eh title typo much?

blaH won't be getting a Nobel prize for this thread.
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# 6 : Friday 30-8-2013 @ 17:51
 
 
"Between my finger and my thumb
The squat pen rests.
I'll dig with it.”

http://her.ie/story/p-five-classic-poems-by-seamus-heaney-p-91226 etc ...
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# 7 : Friday 30-8-2013 @ 18:15
 
 
Mid term break sill doesn't loose its power.

And for all of the talk of the kind and gentle man, there's a hint of steel to him in
"The Early Purges". At its most simple it's a justification of necessary cruelty to animals in a rural background. At the more sinister level, from the title on its an unusual justification of Leninist and Stalinist purges in the line "but on well run farms pests have to be kept down".

http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/the-early-purges/
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# 8 : Friday 30-8-2013 @ 20:19
 
 
This isn't my favourite but its stuck in my head today,after the shock of
his passing.

Anything Can Happen ( from District and Circle)
Anything can happen. You know how Jupiter
Will mostly wait for clouds to gather head
Before he hurls the lightning? Well just now
He galloped his thunder cart and his horses

Across a clear blue sky. It shook the earth
and the clogged underearth, the River Styx,
the winding streams, the Atlantic shore itself.
Anything can happen, the tallest towers

Be overturned, those in high places daunted,
Those overlooked regarded. Stropped-beak Fortune
Swoops, making the air gasp, tearing the crest off one,
Setting it down bleeding on the next.

Ground gives. The heaven’s weight
Lifts up off Atlas like a kettle lid.
Capstones shift. Nothing resettles right.
Telluric ash and fire-spores boil away.
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# 9 : Friday 30-8-2013 @ 21:47
 
 
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.
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# 10 : Friday 30-8-2013 @ 22:30
 
 
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.
RIP.

Edit: Sorry Tripper, this isn't meant as a personal attack on you and I'm not saying you feel inferior.
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# 11 : Friday 30-8-2013 @ 22:36
 
 
Someone said :

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.
RIP.

Don't be so ridiculous. You can tell if something is great without necessarily liking it.
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# 12 : Friday 30-8-2013 @ 22:36
 
 
Someone said :

Don't be so ridiculous. You can tell if something is great without necessarily liking it.

That doesn't make any sense to me.
Could you say Hey Jude by the Beatles is a great song but I don't like it?
Oh god, I don't want to hijack the Heaney appreciation thread.

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# 13 : Friday 30-8-2013 @ 22:44
 
 
Someone said :

That doesn't make any sense to me.
Could you say Hey Jude by the Beatles is a great song but I don't like it?
Oh god, I don't want to hijack the Heaney appreciation thread.

Definitely. You can appreciate the genius and greatness of many things without enjoying it. Personally I feel that because Heaney wrote in a modern way and as such I was on guard and couldn't let myself feel it.
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# 14 : Saturday 31-8-2013 @ 00:34
 
 
Someone said :

Definitely. You can appreciate the genius and greatness of many things without enjoying it. Personally I feel that because Heaney wrote in a modern way and as such I was on guard and couldn't let myself feel it.

No, you're just being influenced by the media hype (in my opinion).
If you read a poem by a poet you'd never heard of and it didn't speak to you - you'd just completely forget about it immediately and forever.
The same applies to a piece of music if it doesn't grab your attention and you aren't told it is by a critically acclaimed or commercially successful artist.
You wouldn't get a feeling from it that it was great unless you liked or loved it.
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# 15 : Saturday 31-8-2013 @ 00:38
 
 
Someone said :

No, you're just being influenced by the media hype (in my opinion).
If you read a poem by a poet you'd never heard of and it didn't speak to you - you'd just completely forget about it immediately and forever.
The same applies to a piece of music if it doesn't grab your attention and you aren't told it is by a critically acclaimed or commercially successful artist.
You wouldn't get a feeling from it that it was great unless you liked or loved it.

Right... I can appreciate many great things that I do not like. I appreciate the greatness and complexity of large amounts of classical music that I do not like. I can appreciate certain architectural styles and buildings for their greatness and yet I don't like them. I can see that certain writers are great without their work speaking to me on a personal level. You can have an opinion on the workings of my mind but believe me I'mm the expert here and you are wrong.
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