Seamus Heaney says:
'...quite often the kind of poem I write is just an attempt to get back.'
'...these perch, although they are actually in the river, they are very much in a kind of fifty-five year old memory lake of my own.'
'...I think that water is immediately interesting. It's just as an element it is full of life. It is associated with origin, it is bright, it reflects you.'
Perch on their water perch hung in the clear Bann River
Perch they called 'grunts', little flood-slubs, runty and ready,
That is passable through, but they're bluntly holding the
On the current, against it, all muscle and slur
That is water, on carpets of Bann stream, on hold
Seamus Heaney was born in 1939. He was brought up on a farm near Bellaghy, County Derry. His first book, Death of a Naturalist, was published in 1966 and since then he has published poetry, criticism and translations which have established him as one of the leading poets of his generation. In 1995 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Opened Ground: Poems 1966-96 was published in 1998.
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