Since this week marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day AND also falls within National Poetry Month, we offer the following guide to some of the most important nature poetry …
Included are twelve essential nature poets whose work we continually read and re-read. Where possible, we’ve also included links to previously posted examples of their work on our website.
3) Seamus Heaney
Heaney’s work often deals with the local surroundings of Ireland, particularly in Northern Ireland, where he was born and lived until young adulthood. Speaking of his early life and education, he commented, “I learned that my local County Derry experience, which I had considered archaic and irrelevant to ‘the modern world’, was to be trusted. They taught me that trust and helped me to articulate it.” Death of a Naturalist (1966) and Door into the Dark (1969) mostly focus on the details of rural, parochial life.
Seamus Heaney – Reading his Poetry