"His work indicates one of the gifts of the major poet, of making the one life speak for all, and its corollary, of seeming to be able to speak to anyone." (Sean O'Brien)
"Michael Longley's affectionate metre, his clean-cut and lucid measure, is one of the most distinguished accomplishments in contemporary poetry." (Douglas Dunn)
"A keeper of the artistic estate, a custodian of grief and wonders." (Seamus Heaney)
Michael Longley is, after Seamus Heaney, the most important poet to come out of the North of Ireland.