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Heaney Seamus

Awards: E M Forster Award,1975, Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995 ; T. S. Eliot Prize in 2006.

Born: 13/04/1939 near Castle Dawson, Northern Ireland

Language: English

Studied: in Anahorish Primary School, St. Columb's College in a scholarship, then joined Queen's University of Belfast for study of English Literature. He graduated from the college in 1961 with 1st class Hons.

Major Influence: Ted Hughes, Robert Frost, Patrick Kavanagh

Milestones: Eleven Poems was Heaney's   first book published in 1965 for the Queen's  University festival. His first major work was Death of a Naturalist which brought him critical acclaim. It was followed by his second major work Door to Darkness in 1969. In 1972, Wintering Out was published and Heaney had reading sessions in Ireland, Britain and USA. Heaney was elected Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1991 &  got Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995 and T S Eliot Prize for his work District and Circle(2006). He is arguably one of the most popular Poets in Ireland and Great Britain. It was announced that two-third of the poetry collection sold in UK in 2008 were Heaney titles.

Marriage: In August 1965, Seamus married Marie Devlin who was a school teacher and a writer herself.

Jobs: In 1963, Seamus joined as a lecturer in St. Joseph's. From there, he moved to Queen's University at Belfast as a Lecturer. While there, he went to University of California, Berkeley as a Guest Lecturer. On return, he moved to Dublin to work as a teacher at Carysfort College. In 1981, he left Carysfort to become a visiting Professor at Harvard University. In US, he was awarded Honorary Doctorate from Fordham University, New York. In 1989, Heaney was elected Professor of Poetry at University of Oxford and held the post for a five year term up to 1994. At present, he stays at Dublin.

Major Works: Death of a Naturalist(1966), Door into the Dark(1969), Wintering Art(1973), North(1975), Selected Poems,1966-1987(1990), Seeing Things(1991), The Spirit Level(1996), Electric Light(2001), District and Circle(2006), Human Chain(2010)

Seamus took to translation in a big way and the most remembered piece of translation is Beowulf(2000) which comprises translation of epic Anglo-Saxon poems.

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