I’m sad to learn of the death of Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney, who has been called Ireland’s most important poet since W. B. Yeats. Among the many treasures in his body of work, I especially love “St. Kevin and the Blackbird” which we can see the poet reading in the following video. This was on the occasion of Heaney’s 70th birthday and his publisher’s 80th anniversary; with that in mind, his comments at the beginning of the video before reading the poem are well said, and quite important in our time when the future of literary publishing seems so uncertain.
If you want to see the poem, and hear an audio recording of the poet reading it, visit this page: “St Kevin and the Blackbird” at www.poetryarchive.org.