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Seamus Heaney reads from a selection of his work

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Make impulse one with willfulness. During this 1990 reading, part of an Irish Literature Festival, poet Seamus Heaney claims this line, from “The Latch,” as his own poetic self-instruction—and one of the benefits of “getting a little bit older.”

Heaney reads from a selection of his work, including “From Station Island,” “Nesting Ground” and parts of “Squarings” and “Clearances,” a sequence which meditates on the passing of his mother.