Seamus Heaney, Ireland’s foremost poet who won the Nobel prize for literature in 1995, died after spending half a century exploring the wild beauty of Ireland and the political torment within the nation’s soul. He was 74.

The Northern Ireland-born Heaney was widely considered Ireland’s greatest poet since William Yeats. He wrote 13 collections of poetry, two plays, four prose works on the process of poetry, and many other works.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced as yet.

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