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Hello again, and welcome to our regular Sunday feature, “Weekend Poetry Readings”, where we find the best poetry read by the poet. In so doing, the reader experiences the poem as it was meant to be heard.

Well, in honour of St Patricks Day, e thought we’d celebrate one of the greatest living Irish poets, Seamus Heaney. In deciding upon which poem of his to feature, we chanced across the Irish Times, an in their top 100 was this classic poem (at no. 3, behind Yeats, but as we featured Yeats a couple of weeks ago, it only seemed fitting to celebrate another great Irish poet instead). To us, Heaney speaks with the voice of the natural poet, having the ability to just make the world stop for a moment with his words. It’s no surprise then that he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995.

A truly fantastic piece of work by one of the greatest and most influential poets of modern times. In celebration of St Patrick’s day and the great literary and artistic spirit of Ireland, we present to you this reading by Heaney.

Happy St Patricks Day.