Lucy Vickery

Spectator competition winners: pen portraits of Seamus Heaney

‘How pleasant to know Mr Heaney…’ [Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images]

In Competition No. 3318 you were invited to provide a verse portrait of Seamus Heaney by any other poet, living or dead.

This challenge marks the tenth anniversary, last month, of Heaney’s death. Once asked if anything in his work struck him as appropriate as an epitaph, the Nobel Laureate quoted from his translation of Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles.

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