Seamus Heaney was a Northern Irish poet, playwright, peace activist, and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. From his own perspective amid Northern Irish political conflict, Heaney penned “The Cure at Troy” as a tribute to Nelson Mandela and an indictment of apartheid in South Africa. Heaney passed away on August 30, 2013 and was followed less than four months later by Nelson Mandela himself on December 5 2013.
An Excerpt relevant to today’s blog posts
“Now it’s high watermark
and floodtide in the heart
and time to go.
The sea-nymphs in the spray
will be the chorus now.
What’s left to say?
Suspect too much sweet-talk
but never close your mind.
It was a fortunate wind
that blew me here. I leave
half-ready to believe
that a crippled trust might walk
and the half-true rhyme is love.”
― Seamus Heaney, The Cure at Troy: A Version of Sophocles’ Philoctetes
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