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The Writer’s Almanac for April 13, 2017: A little Madness in the Spring

Apr. 13, 2017: birthday: Seamus Heaney

It’s the birthday of Irish poet Seamus Heaney (books by this author), born in Castledawson, Northern Ireland (1939). Heaney began publishing poems in the 1960s about his childhood memories of ordinary things, like potatoes and bullfrogs. He received a letter from the editor of Faber & Faber asking if he’d like to publish a collection. Faber & Faber had published T.S. Eliot, W.H. Auden, and Robert Lowell, and Heaney said, “Getting that letter was like getting a letter from God the Father.” That first collection was Death of a Naturalist (1966) and it made his name as a poet.