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You’ll have a lump in your throat: BBC Radio 4’s Four Sides of Seamus Heaney reviewed

Plus: a podcast about PR disasters

Seamus Heaney in Belfast in 2003. Photo: Micheline Pelletier / Gamma-Rapho / Getty Images

It’s now been ten years since Seamus Heaney died, and after a great poet’s death it’s natural, I suppose, that the keg of popular imagination works to distil a lifetime’s writing into a kind of Greatest Hits. His poems ‘Digging’, ‘Blackberry Picking’, ‘Mid-Term Break’ and the masterly sonnet sequence about his mother in ‘Clearances’ sit among the justifiable contenders, but even so there can be concentrations too far.

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