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And some time make the time to drive out west
Into County Clare, along the Flaggy Shore
In September or October, when the wind
And the light are working off each other
So that the ocean on one side is wild
With foam and glitter, an d inland among stones
The surface of a slate-grey lake is lit
By the earthed lightning of a flock of swans,
Their feathers roughed and ruffling, white on white,
Their fully grown, headstrong-looking heads
Tucked or cresting or busy underwat e r.
Useless to think you'll park and capture it
More thoroughly. You are neither here nor there,
A hurry through which known and strange things pass
As big soft buffetings come at the car sideways
And find the heart unlatched and blow it open.
Seamus Justin Heaney was born in Mossbawn, County Derry, 13th of April 1939. He is Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard, was Professor of Poetry at Oxford, and the culmination of his prize-winning career is the announcement on the 5th of October of his status as Nobel Laureate.
Seamus Heaney's collections: Death of a Naturalist (1966), Door into the Dark (1969), Wintering Out (1972), Stations (Belfast: Ulsterman pub. 1975), North (1975), Field Work (1979), Selected Poems 1965-75 (1980), Station Island (1984), Sweeney Astray (19 8 4), The Haw Lantern (1987), New Selected Poems 1966-87 (1990). Prose: Preoccupations: selected prose 1968-78 (1980), The Government Of The Tongue (1988), The Redress of Poetry (1995). Plays: The Cure at Troy (1990). (Publisher is Faber & Faber unless oth e rwise noted).
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