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Churning Day - Seamus Heaney

On the surface, the poem by Nobel Prize Laureate ***** Heaney called Churning *****, is a wonderful journey into the past, ***** the old ways of making butter when technology and ***** corporate world were far from becoming part of Europe. The poem is both a history lesson and a reflection of Heaney's agricultural upbringing. It is also in a very real way a testament to h***** sharp eye and attentive ears towards the culture ***** rural Ireland in which he was steeped ***** and "plunged in" - like poetry itself.

Because the structure of ***** ***** uses enjambment the entire length, Heaney k*****d ***** gives the reader a sense of the movement of the h*****s churning, moving, continu*****lly. When you make butter, you don't stop for a while and rest; you keep turning, *****, and ***** poem has that same continuous motion as well.

In the poem it is clear that Heaney sees his boyhood old-world family lifestyle as a metaphor, and all ***** things that were ***** of those experiences are building blocks ***** his storytelling. But he shows how highly intelligent he is by his strategic use of words - just enough descriptiveness ***** emotion. Still, ***** does not let the tools ***** poetry overpower the poem. As a poet he has the license to pour forth w*****h images and metaphors, but he handles this poem with grace, the ***** as his family handled the chores of making food with ***** and deliberation.

In ***** lecture to the ***** Foundation, Heaney explains that he was the "eldest child of an e**********growing family." That ***** was crowded toge*****r in three rooms in a thatched farmhouse. The experience, he explained, was intimate ***** "physical" *****d "creaturely" - *****ich suggests that he and his family were a bit ***** shrewd ***** productive **********, living off the land and cooperating ***** one another the ***** the natural world operates. Rabbits have their communities and when babies ***** born, they become part of ***** little *****; ***** the same with mice, and ants, and squirrels. He doesn't have to mention ***** species because he ***** given the reader and the listener the word "creaturely," and that is enough for the active mind ***** take it ***** there. Nature has its way, and life moves ********** ***** of rituals and duties.

For Heaney, everything that happened in his ***** *****, and in the surroundings and materials ***** his existence, caused something else to happen. T***** is the substance of h***** poem, as well, because eac***** action causes another *****, or a reaction - a product - based on the initial action. And like the ***** who is skillful in ***** economy of *****s, the eye becomes trained to observe ***** pragmatism ***** those reactions and results, just like the young eyes of the poet witness the butter being made from ***** fresh milk ***** the cow.

First, a look at his Nobel ***** shows th***** in his boyhood,

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