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A source of joy and insight: Why we're writing pandemic poems

What is the one thing that makes you feel better in a crisis? For many of us, the answer is poetry; especially if it's our own, says Chrissie Russell

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Writing on the wall: A Seamus Heaney quote in Sandycove. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Writing on the wall: A Seamus Heaney quote in Sandycove. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Writing on the wall: A Seamus Heaney quote in Sandycove. Photo: Steve Humphreys

If there's one line that has become the unofficial mantra for getting through lockdown, it's Seamus Heaney's quote: "It we can winter this one out, we can summer anywhere."

The poet's quote (though interestingly it doesn't actually come from one of his poems) has popped up everywhere over the last month - scrawled on walls and shared thousands of times on social media.

Accompanied by a laughing face and glass of wine emoji, my mam recently forwarded me a pandemic poem for the OAPs written by Jan Beaumont called Let's All Drink to Lockdown that's been popular in her circle. While at the other end of the age-range, rhymes scrawled in children's handwriting and their innocent observations of life in lockdown have been showered in 'likes' when shared by proud mams and dads on social media. We've even had Derek Mahon's Everything Will Be Alright played at the end of the RTÉ Six One News.