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Kevin Cullen

A life of engagement and wondrous words

If, as Robert Lowell once observed, Seamus Heaney was the greatest Irish poet since Yeats, he certainly didn’t act like it 11 years ago when he walked into a small, claustrophobic classroom in the Barker Center at Harvard.

He looked like a farmer, and if he hadn’t left rural County Derry all those years ago, he might well have been one. That would have been fine with Seamus. Because he loved the land as much as he loved words.

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