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When Irish poet and Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney died this past August, there was an outpouring of sorrow at his passing and a celebration of his work. No journalist or critic worried about finding memorable lines or poems. There are just too many of them. In this class, we’ll immerse ourselves in his work, following threads that bind it together — his upbringing on a farm, his moral grappling with the Irish political conflict, and the music and mastery of his poetry.
Required text: Opened Ground by Seamus Heaney.
Emily Warn is a writer and teacher who served as founding editor of poetryfoundation.org. Her latest book, Shadow Architect, explores the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Her four other collections are The Leaf Path, The Novice Insomniac, The Book of Esther, and Highway Suite.