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Joe Biden’s love for Seamus Heaney reveals a soul you can trust

(Joe Biden’s love for Seamus Heaney reveals a soul you can trust | Poetry | The Guardian)

‘I didn’t fall for Joe Biden until I learned that he loves the poetry of Seamus Heaney. Anyone who responds to the steady, humane voice of Heaney has the timbre of soul you can trust. It’s not like a politician rattling off a quotation from Shelley or St Francis of Assisi. You can’t pretend to love Heaney, for he’s too subtle for that; a slow-speaking country man giving up his secrets gradually, like a farmer revealing the land’s hidden knowledge – and its graves….’

— Jonathan Jones in  The Guardian