“Heaney is a Wordsworth man and I’m a Coleridge man.”

A short but interesting interview, and potted biography, of Belfast-born poet Derek Mahon in the Guardian Review today, a Selected Poems of was recently published. He’s dismissive of the myth of The Group which gathered with Philip Hobsbaum, as noted here on Heaney Day, “even to say that it was not important is to give it too much importance”. And, he’s also with Heaney on politics and poetry:

There was a time when people – much more English people than Irish – would ask, ‘Why don’t these Ulster poets come out more explicitly and say what they are for?’ But there is all this ambiguity. That is poetry. It is the other thing that is the other thing.”