I can’t think of a case where poems changed the world, but what they do is they change people’s understanding of what’s going on in the world.
SEAMUS HEANEY, This Week magazine, Apr. 15, 2004
Debate doesn’t really change things. It gets you bogged in deeper. If you can address or reopen the subject with something new, something from a different angle, then there is some hope…. That’s something poetry can do for you, it can entrance you for a moment above the pool of your own consciousness and your own possibilities.
SEAMUS HEANEY, Paris Review, Fall 1997
Poetry cannot afford to lose its fundamentally self-delighting inventiveness, its joy in being a process of language as well as a representation of things in the world.
SEAMUS HEANEY, The Redress of Poetry