Discussion of themes and motifs in Seamus Heaney’s Bogland. eNotes critical analyses help you gain a deeper understanding of Bogland so you can excel on . Seamus Heaney won the Nobel Prize for Literature in This poem was written in the s and concerns the ‘bog’, one of the few words in the English. Seamus Heaney is widely recognized as one of the major poets of the 20th century. A native of Northern Ireland, Heaney was born in

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Poems by Seamus Heaney: Seamus Heaney, as an Irish poet, goes to define Ireland as a bog land. The poem is dedicated to T P Flanagana landscape artist and personal friend of Seamus Heaney whose vision and analysis of the Irish countryside was a major influence on him. Flanagan We have no prairies To slice a big sun at evening– Everywhere the eye concedes to Encrouching horizon, Is wooed into the cyclops’ eye Of a tarn.

Can someone please explain to me this paragraph: These are the real indicators heanet Ireland and its past. As a modern poet, Seamus Heaney has composed this poem in free verse. Personification can be seen in the line – the ground itself is kind. The poem lacks rhymes and other specific musical qualities. The poem begins with a negative statement: Their pioneers keep striking inwards and downwards.

The most effective technique of the boglaand is the powerfully uses metaphor e. Butter sunk under, more than hundred jeaney ago, was recovered salty and white. The poem ‘Bogland’ is a poem on Irish nationalism and historical record of Ireland.

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Butter sunk under More than a hundred sewmus Was recovered salty and white. The poet goes on introducing archaeological findings received from Bogland while digging it out.

Bogland by Seamus Heaney: Summary and Analysis

From the perspective of imagery, the poem is well balanced and highly suggestive. He indicates that boglznd butter has been turned boglaand blackness from its white color. The poem was written after the period of Ireland’s independence from British colonization.

The more one goes on exploring into the bogs, the more and longer Irish history comes into the surface. It means the survival of Irish culture is a long span of time. Our pioneers keep striking Inwards and downwards, Every layer they strip Seems camped on before. The poet does not draw a definite conclusion on this point, and the hints seem to be that what will be discovered will be of academic rather than heanye benefit.

It is brilliant, because on the one hand, the mounted museum specimen really is full of nothing but air, but also because the ribcage would once have held the creature’s lungs.

Bogland Poem by Seamus Heaney – Poem Hunter

Similarly, the poet uses simile while comparing ‘waterlogged trunks with pulp’. Summary and Analysis Sunlight: However, this bog is always bottomless. The world ‘salty’ has been used as the image of taste. The real Ireland is inside bog.

However, the bog produces nothing of real value. Deamus unfenced country is a bog that keeps crusting between the sights of the sun. Use of imagery is one of the great stylistic aspects of this poem.

Bogland – Poem by Seamus Heaney

I’m particularly confused with the last line. The colonizers have taken away the skeleton of great Irish elk deer. Here human quality of kindness has been attributed to the ground. The fourth stanza mentions another preservation, namely that of hundred-year-old butter, which, being a manmade object, symbolises the works of Irish people of the past that have not been lost to time.


Here the poet indicates that Ireland is still alive and it has solid history. Butter, waterlogged trunks, coal, the bog holes, and black butter are still in bog.

The poet still feels proud on Ireland and the existence of Irish nationality. I believe the An astounding crate full of air. The wet center boglxnd bottomless. Black butter has been missing its last definition, melting and opening underfoot, by millions of years. In each layer, there is Ireland and Irish culture.

Summary and Analysis Digging: They’ll never dig coal here, Only the waterlogged trunks Of great firs, soft as pulp. Its history and origin has no definite limitation.

But is this a good thing or not? Even after the attempt of colonizer, Ireland has preserved its history, glory, and specific identity. Hdaney ‘they’ indicates the colonizer. The fact that this is rated a measly 3.

The poet has used black and white as color images. Posted seaums John Welford at Our unfenced country Is bog that keeps crusting Between the sights of the sun.

Irish Elks were enormous animals. The Irish pioneers are striking inwards and downwards. Still I Rise Maya Angelou.