Irish poet, playwright, essayist, and translator Seamus Heaney, who was awarded literature’s highest honor, the Nobel Prize, in 1995, and who taught at Harvard University for more than two decades, inspiring younger writers and poets on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, died in a Dublin hospital Friday after a brief illness, according to a statement released by his family and publisher. He was 74.
News of his death reverberated around the world, from the highest political and literary circles to the halls of academe and to wherever poetry is savored, a testament to the power of Mr. Heaney’s art and to his personal charisma, both of which he employed to transcendent effect in the many public readings he gave, classes he taught, and deep friendships he forged. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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