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Storm on the Island by Seamus Heaney

Themes: Nature, Danger, Imagery, Politics

Main ideas:

Describes the effects of a fierce storm on the inhabitants of an island. They prepare for the
storm but once it starts they feel scared.
Deeper meaning: The poem describes how we feel when we are…

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Language:

Direct address: "You know what I mean..." ­ Makes the poem seem scarier as Heaney is
talking directly to you.
Oxymoron: "Exploding comfortably" ­ Mixes the ideas of fear and safety.
Present tense: "But there are no trees..." ­ Creates a sense of drama and reinforces the
idea that…

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