Seamus Heaney reads the first stanza of his poem Stern - On Ted Hughes and T. S. Eliot
by Seamus Heaney (1939-)
In memory of Ted Hughes
"And what was it like," I asked him,
"When he looked at you",
He said, "it was like standing on a quay
Watching the prow of the Queen Mary
Come towards you, very slowly."
Now it seems
I'm standing on a pierhead watching him
All the while watching me as he rows out
And a wooden end-stopped stern
Labours and shimmers and dips,
Making no real headway.
Here is Heaney reading the full poem: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xmpllh