winning poet Seamus Heaney
grew up in rural Northern Ireland
, and began to write poetry
whilst at university
. At the time, he wrote under a pseudonym
, and it would be a while before he was confident enough to openly display his talent with words. His poetry
covers a wide range of topics, including his childhood
, which forms the basis for some of his most vivid and evocative poems. His description of discoveries as a youngster, and of reactions to difficult situations (such as the death
of a relative) are particularly well-crafted. The Troubles
in Northern Ireland
are an unavoidable and significant theme in other of his works. He addresses difficult topics with a keen eye for the heart of the issue, and relates them particularly well to his own personal acquaintances and experiences. He also identifies strongly with Celtic history
, which appears again and again in his poems.
Heaney's move south of the border was criticised by some as a betrayal of his homeland and an escape from the troubles. His other works include a much acclaimed translation
of the poem Beowulf
Heaney died on August 30, 2013 in Dublin, Ireland after a period of poor health at the of 74.