Heaney died in a hospital in Dublin on Friday after a short illness.
One might watch and wait for years “balanced between destiny and dread,” Heaney wrote.
Mischievous, more bite than bark in the sense that it was mordant with minimal rhetoric, Heaney was not genteel.
In 1982, Heaney accepted a teaching post at Harvard, and stayed there for 14 years, a time when he stepped onto the global stage.
Major Heaney went by special train from Kimberley, and Mr. Holden on horseback across country.