Readings in Contemporary Poetry

Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney was born April 13, 1939, at Mossbawn, about thirty miles northwest of Belfast, in Northern Ireland. His first book, Death of a Naturalist, was published in 1966. Heaney is the author of numerous collections of poetry, three volumes of criticism, and The Cure at Troy, a version of Sophocles' Philoctetes. He is a Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and held the chair of Professor of Poetry at Oxford from 1989 to 1994. In 1995, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature. A resident of Dublin since 1976, he spends part each year teaching at Harvard University, where he was elected the Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory in 1984.

Death of a Naturalist
From the Frontier of Writing