"I'm not personally obsessed with death. At a certain age, the light that you live in is inhabited by the shades - it 'tis," Mr. Heaney said. "I'm very conscious that people dear to me are alive in my imagination - poets in particular. There's an elegy for Joseph Brodsky, an elegy for Ted Hughes. These people are with me. It's just a stage of your life when the death of people doesn't banish them out of your consciousness. They're part of the light in your head."
- Seamus Heaney
in an interview with Jim Dwyer June 2, 2001