10 of the Best Seamus Heaney Poems Everyone Should Read

His words dance like sunlight on the dappled waters that ripple over the white sands of Connemara.

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The greatest poems by Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney (1939-2013) was one of the greatest and most popular English-language poets of the late twentieth century, and he continued to write into the current century. He was also the best-loved of the group of Irish poets who came to prominence in the second half of the twentieth century. Any Heaney fan’s list of his ten best poems is going to be slightly different, but we hope the following top ten selection acts as a nice reminder of Heaney’s greatness, or as an effective introduction to his work.

Blackberry-Picking’. This classic Heaney poem, published in his first published volume, the 1966 book Death of a Naturalist, is simultaneously about picking blackberries in August and, on another level, about a loss of youthful innocence and a growing awareness of disappointment as we grow up. It’s undoubtedly one of Heaney’s best-known poems…

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