Tuesday, September 3, 2013

In Memoriam: Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney, the foremost Irish poet of our time has passed on. In an interview in the Paris
Review
, he noted the power of poetry to change minds and enlighten debate:

Debate doesn’t really change things. It gets you bogged in deeper. If you can address
or reopen the subject with something new, something from a different angle,
then there is some hope. … People are suddenly gazing at something else and
pausing for a moment. And for the duration of that gaze and pause, they are
like reflectors of the totality of their own knowledge and/or ignorance. That’s
something poetry can do for you, it can entrance you for a moment above the
pool of your own consciousness and your own possibilities.

Thnx to Brain Pickings.

(ljs)

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