The longed for tidal wave
Of justice can rise up
And hope and history rhyme.
Among many literary prizes, Mr. Heaney won a 1996 l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, a 1999 Whitbread prize for his translation of the Old English epic “Beowulf” and the 2006 T.S. Eliot prize in poetry.
He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995.
Mr. Heaney's death struck a deep chord within Ireland itself. Irish President Michael D. Higgins and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny both offered public eulogies to the late poet, and the people of Ireland echoed their tribute.
"The whole of Ireland came to a halt for a moment of silence," Ms. Higgins said, referring to the opening of the semi-final Gaelic football match between Kerry and Dublin, where Mr. Heaney lived out his last years.
After a pause, "80,000 people got to their feet and gave a thunderous roar of applause. It's really amazing to think about a tribute like that for a poet," Ms. Higgins said.
"Seamus Heaney: The Music of What Happens" will run for 10 months at Emory's Schatten Gallery in the Woodruff Library.
More information on the Seamus Heaney papers at Emory can be found here.