The greater the state, the more wrong and cruel its patriotism, and the greater is the sum of suffering upon which its power is founded.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Heaney comes to terms with his Irishness

After his debut, Heaney was seen as a standard-bearer for a 'Northern Renaissance', but he has never been comfortable with labels. During the murderous decades of the Troubles, Heaney found it taxing to position himself vis-à-vis local politics. After the publication of his fourth volume, North, he moved to Dublin. Now, in a mood that's at times valedictory, he writes with a new freedom, and a new engagement.,,1744733,00.html


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