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DO YOU KNOW what connects infants and poets?

Infans comes from the Latin for unspeaking. The infant is the one who can’t speak and Seamus Heaney argues that all good poems are gathered in silence. Here he is arguing his case and reading a poem from his infant self, a 1940s baby in the cradle taking in the atmosphere of home.


4 comments on “DO YOU KNOW what connects infants and poets?

  1. ann perrin
    March 11, 2013

    Loved this of course, heard him read at
    Poetry Parnassus last summer at the South Bank. Especially good as stuck in bed. I knew I had over done it when I my Misu soup slipped and fell into my tote -like handbag on the train coming back from the Poetry School on Saturday! My mobile will never recover, my Mslexia diary lanquishes on the radiator etc…Thank you for this Ann

  2. bridget whelan
    March 11, 2013

    Being stuck in bed listening to SH sounds like a good plan this weather

  3. cathum
    March 13, 2013

    Thank you for reminding me. I’d forgotten this was one of my favourite poems – too many poems, too little memory space.

  4. Pingback: Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes) Seamus Heaney | BRIDGET WHELAN writer

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