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MOOD AND TONE: "comfortless enough".

The terse (concise, curt), concentrated lines evoke the feeling of a
cold, harsh, unwelcoming environment. This bleak atmosphere
is established immediately by the first two lines, "He is
wintering out / the backend of a bad year..."


Alliteration is…

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Mood and Tone: "...with a notion of survival in it."

The"warm eggs" is a more positive
final image, perhaps because eggs
nourish and are the beginning of new life
representing the power of Irish culture to
renew itself, and grow strong once more.

The…

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Structure
Heaney
Five quatrains He is wintering out gives us a
(fourline the backend of a bad year, portrait of
stanzas) made swinging a hurricanelamp the servant,
from three through some outhouse; at first from
sentences.
a distance,
a jobber among shadows. then like…

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IMAGERY & LANGUAGE the language is
assonance: short
alliteration: repetition of vowels sound angry visual, we can
'b' sounds: angry, He is wintering out picture the servant
jabbing. boy, the weather
the backend of a bad year, and the dark
swinging a hurricanelamp moving…

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Symbolic Meanings
"a jobber among shadows" could also refer to Heaney himself;
someone trying to find his identity as an Irish poet, who has been
educated in and loves the English language, in a country where his true
heritage the Irish language & culture…

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"workwhore, slaveblood" are examples of kennings.
A kenning is a muchcompressed form of metaphor,
originally used in AngloSaxon and Norse poetry. In a
kenning, an object is described in a twoword phrase, such
as 'whaleroad' for 'sea'. http://www.poetryarchive.org

"haggard" is a Scandinavian word meaning…

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Comments

mollie os

one of the best analysis' on here, so helpful! thankyou :-)

Summerjune

This was so so useful, thank you so much!!!

EFR

Excellent interpretive detail clearly presented!

Lulububble

This is really good ! Thank you :)

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