Nobel prize-winning poet Seamus
Heaney to read April 19
Seamus Heaney, one of Ireland’s greatest writers and among the world’s
most popular poets today, will read from his work at U.Va. on April 19.
Winner of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature, Heaney will
read at 8 p.m. in Culbreth Theatre. The free public reading,
sponsored by the English
Peters Rushton Lecture Series, will be followed by a question-and-answer period.
A native of Northern Ireland who lives in Dublin and teaches
part of each year at Harvard University, Heaney is also
known for his influential books of literary
criticism and essays and his translations of ancient works. His 1999 translation
of the old English epic “Beowulf” was widely acclaimed and won Britains’ Whitbread
Award as best book of the year.
Heaney’s poetry collections include “Opened Ground” (1999), “The
Spirit Level” (1996), “Selected Poems” (1990), “Field
Work” (1979) and “Death of A Naturalist” (1966), which
launched his reputation as a poet. The rural landscape of his Irish childhood
farming family forms the backdrop of many of his poems, noted for their
conversational tone and music of