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I think he'll be seen as one of the great 20th century British poets.
dont think he considered himself british tho?
Lee is still alive though.
but then a friend went to see him speak and it confused me
Something about throwing cats in a river, city-dwellers being pussies and using a pen as a shovel.
Sad to hear it.
one of Europe's great post-war poets.
Fantastic poet. I've only read his collection North and a few other ones, but I always loved how he could be both sensitive and righteous when talking about The Troubles - showing the anxiety most of Ireland felt about talking on the subject.
Very sad, but what a legacy he created for himself.
I'm not sure how much of a consensus this is, but studying him at A-Level and university, pretty much every student in my classes agreed that he was brilliant up until around the late '70s, then went up his arse rather alarmingly after that. I guess I'm as confused about some of the more effusive praise as I was when Salinger passed on.
Still, some truly brilliant stuff in his earlier work (and in fairness, a great translation of Beowulf too). Sad news to hear.
but I don't think he was really seen to 'drop off' - and as a body of work, his writing is clearly hugely significant. I think he was also seen as a really nice man as well - a friend of mine did a dissertation on Heaney, and when he came to our university to do a reading, my friend was invited along to the following dinner. My friend was really excited and thought he might get to shake his hand and share a few words with him - when he arrived, he found out that he was sitting next to him, at his request. That's pretty cool.
but for years it was just this guy and that African lady.
assumed he was much older than that and long dead.
Fantastic writer obviously. Weird to think that the likes of Kavanagh and Muldoon might not have that long left, can't begin to imagine the poetic landscape without them.