Seamus Heaney (Born April 1939 - Died August 2013) was an important Irish poet, playwright and translator who received the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature. Heaney was recognised as one of the principal contributors to poetry during his lifetime. He has been described as "the most important Irish poet since Yeats". Upon his death in 2013 the Independent described him as "probably the best-known poet in the world". A Professer at Harvard and also of Poetry at Oxford, he gained many other awards and prizes during his lifetime. This course is for all who like reading great poetry and would like to learn more about him. There will be a brief introduction to several aspects of his life using published material and then we will read some of his poetry in turn. You are encouraged to bring any of his poems. There will be some analysis of his poetic style.