There's a pretty good chance if you're not into poetry, and not from the United Kingdom, that you may not have heard of Seamus Heaney. But he's arguably the best Irish poet ever to live, and one of the best poets. He earned a closet full of awards including a Nobel Prize in Literature and The Golden Wreath.
Heaney passed away on August 30th.
I wrote a paper on him for my Junior Seminar for which my professor said I was doing master's level analysis, but, honestly, the depth and complexity of his poetry made such analysis easy.
He is one of the few poets in existence whose skill and passion made poetry pay the bills. Over 2/3 of every living poet's collection in the U.K. was a Seamus Heaney book.
The world of words is diminished.