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  • blackbird
    • the bird represents his dead brother
      • Heaney explores his own grief and loss
        • the lost chid is related to "stillness"
          • "still" = dead
            • "stillness dancer" - is this the dance of death?
            • does "stillness dancer" link the stillness of death to the life of the bird?
              • "In the ivy when I leave" - does this mean, "when I die he will be waiting for me?"
          • "The house of death" see Midterm Break
            • where might the poet be?
    • the bird movements  suggest caution
      • the bird moves/the child is still
        • POIGNANCY
    • the bird is a metaphor / lost brother


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