Is history the only means Heaney writes about the present?Is writing about the past the only way Heaney writes about present social issues?
Absolutely not. What Heaney strives to do in his writing is to present heartfelt portrayals of the Ireland he knows and loves and the context in which it exists. Because history and past events have been so central to the shaping of much of the Irish experience, the influence of those events is often present. His writings can and do deal with present-day issues and concerns, including how those concerns are impacted by the history behind them.