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Nobel Prize winning Irish poet Seamus Heaney dies

Seamus Heaney

Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney died this morning aged 74 after a short illness. Heaney was the most significant Irish poet of his generation and described by poet Robert Lowell as the “most important Irish poet since Yeats”. His impact on English literature was recognised with the awarding of the 1995 Nobel Prize for Literature. He was born on a farm near Toomebridge in Co Derry in April 1939.

"The life of poetry at its most vital is a life of fear I think and panic that it will leave" - Heaney describing his worry that his poetic inspiration might run out.