Servant boy, Seanus Heaney

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  • Servant boy
    • Meaning
      • NOT AN EXPERIENCEOF HEANEY
      • Exploitation of Ireland by Britain
        • Britain = farmer  Ireland= servant
      • Link to Constable calls
    • Language
      • hurricane-lamp
        • symbol of hope for Ireland to break away
          • only glimmer of dignity left
      • "a jobber amongst shadows"
        • unimportant - dismissed
          • "some outhouse"
      • "Old work whore"
        • bitterness - has to sell himself to work - no power
      • "impenitent"
        • plosive sounds - bitter
          • "little barons - demeans Britain
        • doesn't regret - will keep his pride to be Irish
      • "you draw me  into/your trail"
        • Long and hard with many obstacles
          • metaphor for  preserving the fragile peace  during the    Troubles in  North Ireland,
          • "the distresses that we are all undergoing in this country at the minute"  (Heaney) at  that time in the 1970s
      • "warm eggs."
        • positive final image - hope
          • symbol of hope for Ireland to break away
            • only glimmer of dignity left
    • Structure
      • Five quatrains  (four?line  stanzas) made of only 3 sentences
        • combines with enjambment to give plodding pace
          • Struggle / Irish endurance
      • barons: resentful
      • The boy
  • 1.portrait from a distance 2.zooms in - relatable t again to create sympathy 3.distances himself

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