Seamus Heaney dies

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Obituaries of Heaney will be all over the Internet so I won’t list them here (Bill Clinton has just been complimenting him in the press). Heaney was an excellent public speaker as well as a poet and he held distinguished academic posts in Harvard and Oxford (where the Professor of Poetry is elected by the members and graduates of the university). He was exceptionally generous with his time and attended a dizzying number of state and literary functions. Students may first encounter him in his translation of Beowulf in The Norton Anthology.