LONDON — Northern Ireland-born poet Derek Mahon, whose poetry brought consolation to numerous throughout the coronavirus pandemic, has died, his publisher said.
Mahon’s writer, Gallery Press, declared his departure on Friday. Irish press said he died Thursday in his home in Kinsale, southwest Ireland, following a brief illness.
Among Mahon’s poems, “Everything will be Alright,” gained new fame as it was read in the conclusion of Ireland’s most important news program in March since the coronavirus outbreak took hold. Mahon’s description of searching out a window at daybreak and representing that”the sun rises despite what” struck a chord with many nervous men and women.
He drew major focus in 1968 together with the group”Night-crossing.”
He moved on to create poems that united classical allusion and vibrant casual detail, and researched history, battle, and private demons. Some, such as”A Disused Shed in County Wexford,” is one of Ireland’s funniest poems.
Poetry Ireland explained that”his influence in the Irish poetry community, literary society, and world at large, along with his heritage, is immense.”
Irish President Michael D. Higgins stated Mahon was a poet that”could draw an easy familiarity with the screenplay, but who attracted to them a freshness and humor which was equally perceptive and intriguing in equal measure.”
“The reduction of Derek Mahon, still another artist gone out of us lately, is similar to the falling of pine trees. We’re left with expect by the fruit of this acorn where its reinforcement signifies as heritage,” said Higgins, himself a poet.
Mahon is survived by his spouse, Sarah Iremonger, and three kids.