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Seamus Heaney takes his seat in pantheon

WE lost Seamus Heaney on Monday to the very earth about which he spoke so eloquently.

Unlike his brother, Christopher, whose life's journey was measured in feet, Seamus's can be measured in miles, thousands of them. His earthy words crossed all borders, physical and religious.

In my mind's eye, he sits among those literary lions inspired by the bleak soil – Yeats, McGahern, Kavanagh and Goldsmith.

Strange but interesting bedfellows, indeed.

AIDAN HAMPSON

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