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Literature Poetry ­ Heaney, Clarke and pre1914

Seamus Heaney

About the poet

Seamu sH
e aneyw
a sb
o rno
nA p ri
l
13,
1939, onaf
a r
mi
nC astl
edaw son,
Co unt
y Der ry,
No r
thernI
r
eland,

t
hee
ld est
of
eight…

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Storm on the Island

We are
prepared:
w e bui
ld
o ur
ho use s s q u a t
,
Si
nk wall
s i
n r
oc k
and
roof
them w ith g o o d sla te
.
The
w i
zened
earth
ha s…

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Storm on the Island

Thep
o e m consider
st hei
deaso
fi
solat
iona
n dl i
vings
oc
l oset
on a t
u r
e .B
u t
ma i
n l
yi

t depict
st
he
dest
ruct i
vep
o we r
so
f
n…

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Perch

Per
ch i
n t
hei
r
w at
erperch
hung
in
the
clear
Ba nn
R i
ve
r
Near
t
he cl
ay
bank i
n al
derdappl
e and
w aver
.

Perch
w e
cal
led
`gr
unt
s',
l
it
tl
e f
loodsl…

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Perch

Thi
ss
e eminglys
imp l
ep
o em sho wsh
o wt hep
e rc hl i
v es
upt
oit
s name ke epingi
t
s placew h i
l
et
her
iver

ande
v eryt
hinge
l semo
v esp a st or ar
o undi…

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Blackberry picking

Lat
e August,
given
h eavy
rain
and
su n
For
a f
ull
week,
the bl
ackb er
ri
e s
w ould r
ipe n.
At
f
ir
st,
just
one,
a gl
o ssy
purple
clo
t
Amo ng
others,
r
e d,
green,
hard…

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Blackberrypicking

Thi
sp
o e m gi
ve sav
i vida
c co u nt
of pi
ckingb
la ckber
ries.
But i
t
isreall
ya
b out
hop ea
n dd isappo i
ntment
(
howt hing sn
e ver qui
tel
iveu
pt
oo ur expectat
ions)
andb…

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Death of a Naturalist

Al
l
year
the
fl
ax dam f
ester
e d
in
th e
h ea r t
Of
the
t o wnl
a nd green and
h eavy he ad e d
Fl
ax ha d
rot
ted t
here,
w ei
ghted do wn…

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Death of a Naturalist

Thi
sp
o em iss
imilar t
oB lac kberr
y Picki
ngi ni
tss
u bj
e ct
a nds t ructure he r
e, t
o o,
He aneye
x plai
nsa

c
h angei
nh isa
t t
it
udet ot
hen a…

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