In 1988, Heaney donated his lecture notes to the Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL) of Emory University in Atlanta , Georgia, after giving the notable Ellmann Lecture in Modern Literature there. 
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Paradoxically the intervening period that would lead Heaney in the direction of poetry took its toll on his father and by ageing him reversed those early rôles: today/ It is my father who keeps stumbling / Behind me, and will not go away.