"One of his great gifts was to allow people in who were not necessarily that interested in poetry ... and I think that's one of the reasons why he occupies such an extraordinary place in people's hearts."
Paul Muldoon on the late Seamus Heaney. It's a sad state of affairs that as soon as you see a poet trending on Twitter, you just know they're no longer with us.
The poems in the 'Clearances' series were some of the first that really gripped me as a child. You can only hope that someone eulogises Heaney half as touchingly as he eulogised his mother.