Posts tagged Seamus Heaney
The Love of Poems in a Post-Poetry Age: Part II

These half dozen elements are helpful because they focus our minds on the specific details of the poem and allow us to savor the work as a whole. That, more than anything, is the key to reading a poem well: drinking in every detail packed into the poem from beginning to end and thoughtfully appreciating it as a whole. Knowing what questions to ask helps us appreciate a good poem just like knowing what to look for in a wine helps us taste it intelligently and appreciatively.

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The Love of Poems in a Post-Poetry Age: Part I

What about great contemporary poets? Is anyone capable of capturing the American mind? I don’t know. But I do know that one recent poet caught the national mind of Ireland and was, more broadly, the greatest poet in the English language of the last few decades: the late great Irish poet, Seamus Heaney. His poetry should, I believe, be a part of revitalizing our culture.

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