Seamus Heaney- The Tollund Man

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Discuss the context of The Tollund Man.
It was written in response to violence and murders in Northen Ireland. He draws a parallel to the events of Jutland to Northern Ireland.
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Give a brief overview of Section 1.
He talks about going on a pilgrimage and recalls the story of The Tollund Man- the oldest preserved body discovered in Denmark. Has simple language to reflect life of the man.
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Which devices and features are employed in Section 1?
Theme of admiration, religious lexis- angelic, 'trove'- valuable, fertility- 'seeds',Line 1- 'Aarhus'- circular structure, contrast with 'Goddess' in Stanza 3.
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Give a brief overview of Section 2.
Mood changes dramatically as he reflects upon the brutal murders of 4 Catholics. Compares deaths to The Tollund Man as they were not left peacefully, give sense of horrors in his home town (Derry).
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Which devices and features are employed in Section 2?
Modal- 'I could', Exophoric references, lack of respect, Contrast section 1= peaceful, 2= violent
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Give a brief overview of Section 3.
Heaney seems to feel like the tollund man when he traveled to his death, very sad and depressed.
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Which devices and features are employed in Section 3?
'Sad freedom'- oxymoron, feel 'at home'- relating back to what happened, close to the tollund man, 'not knowing their tongue'- clueless, not knowledgeable.
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Discuss the poetic technique.
Obvious rhyming. Section 20- run-on rhyme to create to disorder. Soft consonant and vowel sounds to create discorder.
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