Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney dies at 74


Seamus Heaney, who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1995, had suffered recently from ill health. (Peter Morrison/Associated Press)

Seamus Heaney, Ireland's most influential poet since W.B. Yeats, has died at age 74. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995 and was best known for reflecting the political unrest in modern Ireland through his poems.

Heaney's family and publisher, Faber & Faber, said in a statement that Heaney died in a Dublin hospital. He had been recuperating from a stroke since 2006.

Last year, Heaney was recognized in Canada when he was awarded the Griffin Poetry Prize Lifetime Recognition Award. He spoke to As It Happens about the honour, which you can listen to at the top of this post.

Heaney was born in Northern Ireland, and his collections Wintering Out (1972) and North (1975) captured the profound sense of a country divided.

We have two audio clips of Seamus Heaney in conversation. In 2010, he spoke to Eleanor Wachtel on Writers and Company  about his collection District and Circle and about his life growing up in Ireland. In 2012, he was interviewed by As It Happens after winning the Griffin lifetime achievement award. Click on the player above to listen to the two conversations.

 -- With files from the Canadian Press