Many RTÉ interviews with Seamus Heaney have turned to the question of what it means to be a poet. In the clips presented here, he talks about himself as the poet Seamus Heaney.
The accompanying image shows Seamus Heaney on 'The View Presents' in 2006. © RTÉ Archives 3018/002
Heaney explains how he has worked out the conflict between art and life.
Heaney talks about the purpose of poetry and art in our society.
Heaney discusses reading to an audience.
Heaney talks about finding his voice as a poet.
Heaney talks about the relationship between the written and spoken word.
Heaney talks about how poetry can move beyond a personal response to having a broader effect.