Seamus Heaney (1939 – 2013)

Seamus Heaney, Irish poet and Nobel laureate, died today.

Seamus Heaney, Irish poet and Nobel laureate, died today.

This lovely poem of his is one of my favourites, and a beautiful epitaph.

The Poplar

Wind shakes the big poplar, quicksilvering

The whole tree in a single sweep.

What bright scale fell and left this needle quivering?

What loaded balances have come to grief?

 — from The Spirit Level (1996)

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  1. Ursula

    Touching and beautiful!

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