Storm on the Island by Seamus Heaney

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  • Storm on the Island by Seamus Heaney
    • Conflicts
      • Power of nature
      • fear of nature
      • strength/ weakness of humans
      • humanity and helplessness
    • Context
      • born in 1939
      • irish and widely known for his poems and plays
      • written from the perspective of a villager on a remote island
      • won many awards for his poetry
    • Language
      • violent imagery
      • heavy use of sounds
      • assonance and sibilance
      • "we are prepared: we build our houses squat"
      • "wizened earth"
      • "exploding comfortably"
      • "spits like a tame cat turned savage"
    • Past and Present
      • shifts from security to fear
      • voltas
      • slow paced
      • calm before the storm
      • mood shifts throughout the poem
    • Emotions
      • safety
      • fear
      • feelings of hopelessness
      • anxiety
      • isolation
    • Form and Structure
      • blank verse - no clear rhyme
      • enjambment
      • caesura- continuation and pauses
      • conversational language
      • first person plurals

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