He also created a bestseller from a translation of Beowulf and sold more books in Britain than any other living poet during his lifetime. He is buried in Bellaghy, Co Derry, his birthplace and the inspiration for much of his early work.
Historian Eugene Kielt runs tours of Heaney country. He said: "It is a beautiful line, very inspirational. It is about going for it. We are naturally cautious and sometimes someone should throw caution to the wind. It is about risk taking and not being inhibited, losing your inhibitions.
Lost in rhyme: a walk in the poetic beauty of Ballynahinch, Galway
The line was first used in a poem published in the US. In it formed part of the collection The Spirit Level.
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He said: "A person from Northern Ireland is naturally cautious. You grew up vigilant because it's a divided society. My poetry on the whole was earth hugging, but then I began to look up rather than keep down.
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I think it had to do with a sense that the marvellous was as permissible as the matter-of-fact in poetry. Heaney has said The Gravel Walks was about heavy work as well as the "paradoxical sense of lightness" when lifting heavy things. It also reflects a popular traditional Irish reel of the same name. I think that's where poetry should dwell, between the dream world and the given world, because you don't just want photography, and you don't want fantasy either.
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She explained: "It is about being able to see beyond your moment, he says it is a reminder to himself about what poetry can do. She said that could be interpreted politically but was also about the balance between his past and childhood and how that is married with adulthood.
In a interview Heaney was asked why he chose it. The bright stick trapped, the breeze adding a third Party to the couple kissing on an old seat, And a bird gathering materials for the nest for the Word Eloquently new and abandoned to its delirious beat.
O unworn world enrapture me, encapture me in a web Of fabulous grass and eternal voices by a beech, Feed the gaping need of my senses, give me ad lib To pray unselfconsciously with overflowing speech For this soul needs to be honoured with a new dress woven From green and blue things and arguments that cannot be proven. Canal Bank Walk.
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Canal Bank Walk Leafy-with-love banks and the green waters of the canal Pouring redemption for me, that I do The will of God, wallow in the habitual, the banal, Grow with nature again as before I grew. Designed by PME.