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September 2, 2013

Seamus Heaney, the Nelson Mandela of Irish poetry, just wasn't that good. Sorry

So what is this brilliant poetry that has seduced “millions of people”? Can anyone spontaneously remember a single line of Seamus Heaney? When I asked this same question of Twitter my laptop screen filled with tumbleweed, until someone eventually suggested that Heaney’s memorable talent was, arguably, proven by this line: “Between my finger and thumb, the squat pen rests, I’ll dig with it.” .... But the younger Heaney was also Irish, republican, Left-wing and hairy when all this was à la mode. And once the literary world decided Heaney was the Mandela of Irish Poetry, he became irreproachable. - – Telegraph Blogs

Posted by gerardvanderleun at September 2, 2013 8:58 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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