Essay about Seamus Heaney's Portrayal of Pain and Suffering

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Seamus Heaney's Portrayal of Pain and Suffering

Heaney, born 1939 was one of the nine children of Margaret and Patrick Heaney who ran a family farm in Mossbawn, Northern Ireland. Heaney enrolled at Queen's College in 1957 after attending his local town school and opting not to follow in his fathers success of being a farmer. He took up a position as a lecturer at St. Joseph's College, Belfast 1963! He then went on to acheive a scholarship in English Language and Literature, also devoting spare time to a poetry group. His success in impressing fellow poets, subsequently lead to his poetry being sent to England for publishing in 1964. The following year, Heaney became married to Marie Delvin, who
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I think this signifies innocense of how a baby would not be able to appreciate its brother's death, but also that babies aren't expected to either. It is oblivious to a baby as to what and why an occurance like this is all around it. The baby is obviously the only being there who is not expected to mourn.

Heaney's father, also, holds a similar state of mind like a baby in a sense. He appears to be weak when he thinks about the death of such a loved family member. However, the father unlike a baby is very sorrowful and shows emotion. "He had always taken funerals in his stride", makes me think that this must be the first life loss that has been an upsetting shock to him.

" I saw him for the first time in six weeks. Paler now..." This was an image that obviously layed within Heaney's memories, and he finally had the chance to reveal it with expression. Seeing the dead body of someone you love can be disturbing, but for Heaney he thought of it differently as he described the atmosphere "candles soothed the bedside". My thoughts of a room like that would be depressing unlike Heaney's. I find it a misleading and unusual perspective.

The Early Purges

My immediate response to this poem was quite shocking! Heaney uses distasteful language "the scraggy wee shits" to describe kittens, and what was to be expected of the treatment towards them.

"Soft paws scraping like

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