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Seamus Heaney: The Blackbird of Glanmore

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Seamus Heaney was a poet born in County Derry, Northern Ireland, who later settled in in Dublin in the Republic of Ireland. He was awarded the world's most prestigious prize for writing, the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995. His writing draws on his Irish roots and surroundings, sometimes with reference to the political turmoil of Irish history, although rarely referring directly to the Troubles (political and military violence over the status of Northern Ireland, which started in the 1960s). His poems focus on the detail of life and of family. The Blackbird of Glanmore is from his District and Circle collection, which won the TS Eliot prize in 2006. Glanmore is a place in Ireland near to where Heaney grew up.

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