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Discussion of themes and motifs in Seamus Heaney’s Bogland. eNotes critical analyses help you gain a deeper understanding of Bogland so you can excel on . Seamus Heaney won the Nobel Prize for Literature in This poem was written in the s and concerns the ‘bog’, one of the few words in the English. Seamus Heaney is widely recognized as one of the major poets of the 20th century. A native of Northern Ireland, Heaney was born in

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Great poetry explained: Bogland, by Seamus Heaney

Frankie, I don’t know if you’ve ever seen weamus assembled skeleton of an Irish Elk, but it is awe-inspiring, and An astounding crate full of air is a particularly apt description of its ribcage. Everywhere the eye accepts encroaching horizon unwillingly. The poem comprises seven four-line unrhymed stanzas. The poem ‘Bogland’ is a poem on Irish nationalism and historical record of Ireland.

Seaums indicates that the butter has been turned into blackness from its white color.

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The poem begins with a negative statement: The bogholes might be Atlantic seepage. Summary and Analysis Seamus Heaney: Its history and origin has no definite limitation.


All information has been reproduced here for educational and informational purposes to benefit site visitors, and is provided at no charge Poems by Seamus Heaney: In the peat, they will find only the waterlogged trunks of great firs.

The poem was written after the period of Ireland’s independence from British colonization. But is this a good thing or not?

Black butter has been missing its last definition, melting and opening underfoot, by millions of years. Similarly, in this poem the message comes from the last line-the wet centre boglqnd bottomless. The digger will never dig coal here. However, this bog is always bottomless. Their pioneers keep striking inwards and downwards. The poet has used black and white as color images.

Bogland – Poem by Seamus Heaney

A big sun, encroaching horizon, a tarn, skeleton, peat, coal, water logged trunks and bog holes appear as the visual imagery. Posted by John Welford at The wet centre is bottomless. Butter, waterlogged trunks, coal, the bog holes, and black butter are still in bog.

Like some of his other poems, the poem is composed in twenty eight lines with four lines in each stanza. Here human quality of kindness has been attributed to the ground. Some where the poet has also used personification. They’ll never dig coal here, Only the waterlogged trunks Of great firs, soft as pulp.


Our pioneers keep striking Inwards and downwards, Every layer they strip Seems camped on before. Visual images, color haeney, and images related to taste have been used here altogether.

This skeleton had been set up as an astounding crate full of air. The more one goes on exploring into the bogs, the more and longer Irish history comes into the surface. Similarly, the poet uses seamua while comparing ‘waterlogged trunks with pulp’.

Use of first person pronoun by the poet hints that it is a descriptive and meditative poem. Peat bogs of course supplied the fuel for the poorer folk both in Ireland and in the north of Scotland in days gone bye.